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Walter Ribbe (1909 - 1985)

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Walter Ribbe
1909 - 1985
Born
October 11, 1909
Death
December 1985
Last Known Residence
Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan 49504
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Walter Ribbe of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan was born on October 11, 1909, and died at age 76 years old in December 1985.
Updated: October 3, 2011
Biography ID: 4835816

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Walter Ribbe passed away at age 76 years old in December 1985. Walter Ribbe of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan was born on October 11, 1909.

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1909 - 1985 World Events

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In 1909, in the year that Walter Ribbe was born, explorer Robert Peary, a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, claimed to have been the first to have reached the geographic North Pole. His claim has been disputed for over a century - some say that he ended up 60 miles from the North Pole. Peary was the only navigator on his team and he didn't submit his records for public review.

In 1914, at the age of only 5 years old, Walter was alive when in August, the Panama Canal opened to traffic. Begun by the French in the 1880's and abandoned, the United States undertook further construction in 1904. After 10 years, and the elimination of malaria carrying mosquitoes (which caused immense delays for the French and the Americans), the 48 mile long artificial waterway - a series of locks - created a shortcut for ships traveling between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

In 1935, Walter was 26 years old when the BOI's name (the Bureau of Investigation) was changed to the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and it officially became a separate agency with the Department of Justice. J. Edgar Hoover, the Chief of the BOI, continued in his office and became the first Director of the FBI. The FBI's responsibility is to "detect and prosecute crimes against the United States".

In 1960, when he was 51 years old, on May 1st, an American CIA U-2 spy plane, piloted by Francis Gary Powers, was shot down by a surface-to-air missile over the Soviet Union. Powers ejected and survived but was captured. The U.S. claimed that the U-2 was a "weather plane" but Powers was convicted in the Soviet Union of espionage. He was released in 1962 after 1 year, 9 months and 10 days in prison.

In 1985, in the year of Walter Ribbe's passing, in May, a paper published in Nature by three British scientists reported that a huge hole was discovered in the ozone layer over the Antarctic. It was much larger than expected and is due to the use of manmade chemicals.

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