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Walter Jockers (1907 - 1987)

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Walter Jockers
1907 - 1987
Born
February 11, 1907
Death
December 1987
Last Known Residence
Kennebunkport, York County, Maine 04046
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Walter Jockers of Kennebunkport, York County, Maine was born on February 11, 1907, and died at age 80 years old in December 1987.
Updated: October 6, 2011
Biography ID: 17756760

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Walter Jockers passed away at age 80 years old in December 1987. Walter Jockers of Kennebunkport, York County, Maine was born on February 11, 1907.

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1907 - 1987 World Events

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In 1907, in the year that Walter Jockers was born, the showman Florenz Ziegfeld introduced his Ziegfeld Follies. Ziegfeld was inspired by the Folies Bergère of Paris and the show was a step up from the then current vaudeville shows. The top entertainers of the time played in the Follies but the stars were the Ziegfeld girls - beautiful chorus girls in elaborate costumes. For almost a quarter of a century, the Ziegfeld follies were the toast of Broadway.

In 1925, he was 18 years old when in July, the Scopes Trial - often called the Scopes Monkey Trial - took place, prosecuting a substitute teacher for teaching evolution in school. Tennessee had enacted a law that said it was "unlawful to teach human evolution in any state-funded school". William Jennings Bryan headed the prosecution and Clarence Darrow headed the defense. The teacher was found guilty and fined $100. An appeal to the Supreme Court of Tennessee upheld the law but overturned the guilty verdict.

In 1938, Walter was 31 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 1960, when he was 53 years old, on September 26th, the first televised debate for a Presidential campaign in the United States - Kennedy vs Nixon - was held. Seventy million people watched the debate on TV. The debate pre-empted the very popular Andy Griffith Show.

In 1987, in the year of Walter Jockers's passing, was the first time that a criminal in the United States - a serial rapist - was convicted through the use of DNA evidence.

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