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Victor Rittenhouse (1905 - 1995)

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Victor Rittenhouse
1905 - 1995
Born
April 18, 1905
Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States
Death
June 21, 1995
Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States
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Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania 17601
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Victor Rittenhouse was born on April 18, 1905 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States. He died on June 21, 1995 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States at age 90.
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Updated: September 22, 2022
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Victor N Rittenhouse's parents were Isaac Rittenhouse (1854 - 1925) and Cinderella Fisher (1872 - 1922). He had siblings William Lewis, Henry Fisher, Emma Elizabeth, Franklin Marshall, LeRoy Isaac, Frederick, Virginia, Eda May, Thelma Buskius, and Emma M. Rittenhouse. Victor was in the United States Army, a veteran of World War II, and was honorably discharged. He never married.
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Riverview Burial Park 1100 S Duke St, in Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania 17603, United States
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Born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States, Victor was raised in Lancaster, lived his whole life in Lancaster, and died and was buried in Lancaster.
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Victor's military serial number was 13067682. He enlisted on March 24, 1942 in Harrisburg Pennsylvania. Victor was in the Army.
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Victor Rittenhouse passed away on June 21, 1995 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States at age 90. he was buried in Riverview Burial Park, Lancaster, Pennsylvania United States. He was born on April 18, 1905 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States. There is no information about Victor's surviving family.
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In 1905, in the year that Victor Rittenhouse was born, the German born physicist, Albert Einstein, proposed the Special Theory of Relativity: 1) that observers can never detect uniform motion except relative to other objects and that 2) unlike the velocity of massive objects, the speed of light is a constant and is the same for all observers independent of their constant velocity toward or away from the light source. Not such simple concepts that lead to the equation everyone now knows: E = mc2.

In 1911, at the age of merely 6 years old, Victor was alive when the United States Supreme Court broke up Standard Oil in May. John D. Rockefeller established Standard Oil in 1870 and it was the largest oil refinery at the time. The Supreme Court found that Standard Oil of New Jersey (one of the many iterations of Standard Oil) was guilty of "monopolizing the petroleum industry through a series of abusive and anticompetitive actions". The Court broke up the several entities that comprised Standard Oil and they eventually became competing firms.

In 1924, when he was 19 years old, Macy's department store in New York held its first "Thanksgiving parade" on November 27th at 9a - during church services but leaving plenty of time to attend the big football game between Syracuse and Columbia universities. The parade was held as a way to promote the opening of the “World’s Largest Store” and its 1 million square feet of retail space in Manhattan’s Herald Square. The parade was 6 miles long and included floats, Macy's employees dressed as clowns, cowboys, and sword-wielding knights, and animals from Central Park Zoo. Santa Claus, of course, brought up the rear - opening the Christmas shopping season for Macy's.

In 1943, he was 38 years old when on June 20th through June 22nd, the Detroit Race Riot erupted at Belle Isle Park. The rioting spread throughout the city (made worse by false rumors of attacks on blacks and whites) and resulted in the deployment of 6,000 Federal troops. 34 people were killed, (25 of them black) - mostly by white police or National Guardsmen, 433 were wounded (75 percent of them black) and an estimated $2 million of property was destroyed. The same summer, there were riots in Beaumont, Texas and Harlem, New York.

In 1995, in the year of Victor Rittenhouse's passing, on May 19th, the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil - before 9/11 - took place in Oklahoma City. A truck bomb went off outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown - killing 68 people, injuring more than 680 others, and destroying one-third of the building. The most disturbing images were of children - a daycare center was hit by the bomb. The deadliest incident of domestic terrorism ever, Timothy McVeigh, Terry Nichols, and Michael Fortier were convicted of the bombing.

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