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Walter J Syc (1920 - 2003)

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Walter J Syc
1920 - 2003
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February 1, 1920
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December 30, 2003
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Chicago, Cook County, Illinois 60629
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Walter J Syc was born on February 1, 1920. He died on December 30, 2003 at 83 years of age. We know that Walter J Syc had been residing in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois 60629.
Updated: November 2, 2011
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Walter J Syc died on December 30, 2003 at age 83. He was born on February 1, 1920. We are unaware of information about Walter's family or relationships. We know that Walter J Syc had been residing in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois 60629.
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In 1920, in the year that Walter J Syc was born, Italian born factory worker Nicola Sacco and fish peddler Bartolomeo Vanzetti were picked up by police on May 5th in connection with the April 15th murder and robbery of a guard and a paymaster at the Slater and Morrill Shoe Company in South Braintree, Mass. Although in later years they were thought to be innocent, they were anarchists and were convicted of the crime and put to death.

In 1931, at the age of only 11 years old, Walter was alive when in March, “The Star Spangled Banner” officially became the national anthem by congressional resolution. Other songs had previously been used - among them, "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", "God Bless America", and "America the Beautiful". There was fierce debate about making "The Star Spangled Banner" the national anthem - Southerners and veterans organizations supported it, pacifists and educators opposed it.

In 1941, Walter was 21 years old when on June 25th, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 8802, prohibiting racial discrimination in the defense industry. EO 8802 was the first federal action to prohibit employment discrimination - without prejudice as to "race, creed, color, or national origin" - in the U.S. Civil Rights groups had planned a march on Washington D.C. to protest for equal rights but with the signing of the Order, they canceled the March.

In 1977, he was 57 years old when on January 20th, Jimmy Carter became the 39th President of the United States. Running against incumbent Gerald Ford, he won 50.1% of the popular vote to Ford's 48.0%. He was elected to only one term.

In 1992, Walter was 72 years old when 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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