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Walter Eng (1920 - 1998)

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Walter Eng
1920 - 1998
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May 28, 1920
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May 20, 1998
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Nahant, Essex County, Massachusetts 01908
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Walter Eng was born on May 28, 1920. He died on May 20, 1998 at 77 years old. We know that Walter Eng had been residing in Nahant, Essex County, Massachusetts 01908.
Updated: October 3, 2011
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Walter Eng died on May 20, 1998 at age 77. He was born on May 28, 1920. There is no information about Walter's family. We know that Walter Eng had been residing in Nahant, Essex County, Massachusetts 01908.
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In 1920, in the year that Walter Eng was born, speakeasies replaced saloons as the center of social activity. After the 18th Amendment was ratified and selling alcohol became illegal, saloons closed and speakeasies took their place. Speakeasies, also called a blind pig or blind tiger, were "so called because of the practice of speaking quietly about such a place in public, or when inside it, so as not to alert the police or neighbors". There were a lot of them and they were very popular. And where saloons often prohibited women, they were encouraged at speakeasies because of the added profits.

In 1934, at the age of merely 14 years old, Walter was alive when on July 22nd, gangster John Dillinger was killed in Chicago. His gang had robbed banks and police stations, among other charges, and he was being hunted by J. Edgar Hoover, head of the FBI - although many in the public saw him as a "Robin Hood". A madam from a brothel in which he was hiding became an informer for the FBI and, after a shootout with FBI agents, Dillinger was shot and died.

In 1943, when he was 23 years old, on September 3rd, the Armistice of Cassibile was signed in Sicily. Under the terms of the Armistice, Italy surrendered to the Allied Powers. After the Armistice was made public on September 8th, Germany attacked and occupied Italy. It took 20 months of fighting for the Allies to reach the northern borders of Italy.

In 1967, at the age of 47 years old, Walter was alive when on November 7th, President Johnson signed legislation passed by Congress that created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which would later become PBS and NPR. The legislation required CPB to operate with a "strict adherence to objectivity and balance in all programs or series of programs of a controversial nature".

In 1998, in the year of Walter Eng's passing, on December 19th, the movie Titanic - based on the 1912 sinking of the ship and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet - was released. Winning 11 Oscars, it was the first film to gross over a billion dollars and eventually grossed over $2 billion.

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