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Walter Ribbe (1905 - 1961)

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Walter Ribbe
1905 - 1961
Born
July 17, 1905
Death
April 1961
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Walter Ribbe was born on July 17, 1905, and died at age 55 years old in April 1961. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Walter Ribbe.
Updated: October 4, 2011
Biography ID: 11845521

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Walter Ribbe passed away at age 55 years old in April 1961. Walter Ribbe was born on July 17, 1905. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Walter Ribbe.

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Walter Ribbe lived 19 years shorter than the average Ribbe family member when he died at the age of 55.
The average age of a Ribbe family member is 74.
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1905 - 1961 World Events

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In 1905, in the year that Walter Ribbe was born, the Niagara Falls conference was held in Fort Erie, Ontario. Led by W.E.B. Du Bois and William Monroe Trotter, a group of African-American men met in opposition to racial segregation and disenfranchisement. Booker T. Washington had been calling for policies of accommodation and conciliation and these two men, along with the others who attended the conference, felt that this was accomplishing nothing. The group was the precursor to the NAACP.

In 1912, Walter was merely 7 years old when in October, former President Theodore Roosevelt was shot, but not killed, while campaigning for another term as President with the newly created Bull Moose (Progressive) Party. John Schrank was a Bavarian-born saloon-keeper from New York who had been stalking Roosevelt when he shot him just before a campaign speech. Shot in the chest (and showing the audience his bloody shirt), Roosevelt went on to give a 55 to 90 minute talk (reports vary on the length) before being treated for the injury. After 8 days in the hospital, Roosevelt went back on the campaign trail.

In 1946, when he was 41 years old, on July 4th, the Philippines gained independence from the United States. In 1964, Independence Day in the Philippines was moved from July 4th to June 12th at the insistence of nationalists and historians.

In 1950, at the age of 45 years old, Walter was alive when in February, Joe McCarthy gave a speech alleging that he had a list of "members of the Communist Party and members of a spy ring" who worked in the State Department. He went on to chair a committee that investigated not only the State Department but also the administration of President Harry S. Truman, the Voice of America, and the U.S. Army for communist spies - until he was condemned by the U.S. Senate in 1954.

In 1961, in the year of Walter Ribbe's passing, on May 5th, Navy Cmdr. Alan B. Shepard, Jr., made the first manned Project Mercury flight, MR-3, in a spacecraft he named Freedom 7. He was the second man to go into space, the first was Yuri Gagarin - a Soviet cosmonaut.

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