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Walter Sponholz (1910 - 1966)

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Walter Sponholz
1910 - 1966
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August 15, 1910
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April 1966
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Buffalo, Erie County, New York 14218
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Walter Sponholz was born on August 15, 1910. He died in April 1966 at 55 years old. We know that Walter Sponholz had been residing in Buffalo, Erie County, New York 14218.
Updated: October 5, 2011
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Walter Sponholz passed away in April 1966 at 55 years of age. He was born on August 15, 1910. We have no information about Walter's immediate family. We know that Walter Sponholz had been residing in Buffalo, Erie County, New York 14218.
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In 1910, in the year that Walter Sponholz was born, the Mexican revolution began. Dictator Porfirio Díaz had ruled for 35 years and was nationally unpopular. When elections were held in 1910 and a rigged election kept Diaz in office. The uprising began - and lasted for another 10 years.

In 1920, he was only 10 years old when speakeasies replaced saloons as the center of social activity. After the 18th Amendment was ratified and selling alcohol became illegal, saloons closed and speakeasies took their place. Speakeasies, also called a blind pig or blind tiger, were "so called because of the practice of speaking quietly about such a place in public, or when inside it, so as not to alert the police or neighbors". There were a lot of them and they were very popular. And where saloons often prohibited women, they were encouraged at speakeasies because of the added profits.

In 1931, he was 21 years old 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 1959, he was 49 years old when on August 8th, Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States. The US flag was changed to show 50 stars.

In 1966, in the year of Walter Sponholz's passing, on September 8th, the first Star Trek episode, "The Man Trap," was broadcast on NBC. The plot concerned a creature that sucked salt from human bodies. The original series only aired for 3 seasons due to low ratings.

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