Walter Geiss

(1897 - 1971)

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Walter Geiss
1897 - 1971
Born
November 19, 1897
Death
October 1971
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Upper Darby, Delaware County, Pennsylvania 19082
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Walter Geiss was born on November 19, 1897. He died in October 1971 at age 73. We know that Walter Geiss had been residing in Upper Darby, Delaware County, Pennsylvania 19082.
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Walter Geiss died in October 1971 at 73 years old. He was born on November 19, 1897. We have no information about Walter's family or relationships. We know that Walter Geiss had been residing in Upper Darby, Delaware County, Pennsylvania 19082.

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In 1897, in the year that Walter Geiss was born, in the January 22nd issue of "Engineering", the word "computer" was first used to refer to a mechanical calculation device. Previously - since the 17th century - the term computer meant "one who computes" and referred to human beings who worked with numbers.

In 1904, at the age of only 7 years old, Walter was alive when the United States acquired the Panama Canal Zone. Now an unincorporated territory of the U.S., the Canal Zone had been previously held by the French, who were constructing a canal. The U.S. took over the construction of the Panama Canal and it was finally finished in 1914, when it was opened to commercial shipping. The United States held the Canal Zone until 1979.

In 1920, he was 23 years old when the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote, passed both Houses of Congress and was sent to the States to ratify. In August, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the Amendment and it became law eight days later. Mississippi ratified it in 1984.

In 1938, Walter was 41 years old when on October 30th, a Sunday, The Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast Orson Welles' special Halloween show The War of the World's. A clever take on H.G. Wells' novel, the show began with simulated "breaking news" of an invasion by Martians. Because of the realistic nature of the "news," there was a public outcry the next day, calling for regulation by the FCC. Although the current story is that many were fooled and panicked, in reality very few people were fooled. But the show made Orson Welles' career.

In 1971, in the year of Walter Geiss's passing, in March, Congress passed the Twenty-sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which lowered the voting age to 18 (from 21). It was a response to the criticism that men could fight at 18, but not vote for the policies and politicians who sent them to war. The states quickly ratified the Amendment and it was signed into law on July 1st by President Richard Nixon.

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