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Walter Sykes (1896 - 1985)

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Walter Sykes
1896 - 1985
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July 29, 1896
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June 1985
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Ellensburg, Kittitas County, Washington 98926
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Walter Sykes was born on July 29, 1896. He died in June 1985 at age 88. We know that Walter Sykes had been residing in Ellensburg, Kittitas County, Washington 98926.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Walter Sykes died in June 1985 at 88 years of age. He was born on July 29, 1896. There is no information about Walter's family or relationships. We know that Walter Sykes had been residing in Ellensburg, Kittitas County, Washington 98926.
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In 1896, in the year that Walter Sykes was born, on May 18th, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in the case of Plessy v. Ferguson. By a vote of 7 to 1, the Court upheld state racial segregation laws, introducing the idea of "separate but equal" facilities for races.

In 1905, when he was just 9 years old, the Industrial Workers of the World was founded. An international labor union founded in Chicago, it was most often referred to as the "Wobblies" and had ties to the socialist movement and the anarchist movement. At its peak, it had 150,000 members.

In 1921, at the age of 25 years old, Walter was alive when in May, the Emergency Quota Act - or Emergency Immigration Act - was passed. The law restricted the number of immigrants to 357,000 per year. It also established an immigration quota in which only 3 per cent of the total population of any ethnic group already in the USA in 1910, could be admitted to America after 1921. Although the Act was supposed to be temporary, it stayed in effect until 1965.

In 1974, Walter was 78 years old when on February 5th, Patty Hearst, age 19 - granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst and daughter of publisher of the San Francisco Examiner Randolph Hearst - was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army, a left wing terrorist group. She was found, alive, 19 months later.

In 1985, in the year of Walter Sykes's passing, on March 7th, the song "We Are the World" was released as a charity effort to alleviate the African famine. The song was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, and produced by Quincy Jones. They were joined by 37 other famous singers in the recording studio and a phenomena had begun

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