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Voldemars Vasks (1904 - 1992)

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Voldemars Vasks
1904 - 1992
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August 13, 1904
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April 22, 1992
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Redmond, King County, Washington 98053
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Voldemars Vasks was born on August 13, 1904. Voldemars died on April 22, 1992 at 87 years of age. We know that Voldemars Vasks had been residing in Redmond, King County, Washington 98053.
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Voldemars Vasks died on April 22, 1992 at age 87. Voldemars was born on August 13, 1904. We are unaware of information about Voldemars' immediate family. We know that Voldemars Vasks had been residing in Redmond, King County, Washington 98053.
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In 1904, in the year that Voldemars Vasks was born, the Russo-Japanese war began. The Russian Empire and the Japanese Empire began fighting over the territories of Manchuria and Korea. Russia wanted a warm water port on the Pacific Ocean while Japan feared growing encroachment from Russia into Asia. So the Japan fleet launched a surprise attack on the Russian Navy and a one year war began. President Roosevelt of the United States brokered peace between the two nations. It was the first time in the modern era that an Asian power showed its dominance over a European power.

In 1926, Voldemars was 22 years old when on October 31st, Harry Houdini died in Michigan. Houdini was the most famed magician of his time and perhaps of all time, especially for his acts involving escapes - from handcuffs, straitjackets, chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, and more. He was president of the Society of American Magicians and stringently upheld professional ethics. He died of complications from a ruptured appendix. Although he had received a blow to the area a couple of days previously, the connection between the blow and his appendicitis is disputed.

In 1955, this person was 51 years old when on September 10th the TV show "Gunsmoke" debuted on CBS. It went on to be television's longest-running western. Matt Dillon, Chester, Doc Adams, and Miss Kitty became household names.

In 1981, Voldemars was 77 years old when on August 1st, MTV debuted. It was the first music video TV channel. The first music video played was the Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" - the second was Pat Benatar's "You Better Run".

In 1992, in the year of Voldemars Vasks's passing, on April 29th, riots began in Los Angeles after the "Rodney King" verdict was issued. Four LAPD officers had been accused of using excessive force (assault) on African-American Rodney King, who had been stopped for drunk driving. The beating had been videotaped. Their acquittal sparked a 6 day riot in Los Angeles.

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