Wilbert Burke (1880 - 1971)

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Bartow, Polk County, Florida

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1880 - In the year that Wilbert Burke was born, on February 2nd the city of Wabash, Indiana became the third city in the world to be lit by electricity.

1891 - At the age of just 11 years old, Wilbert was alive when from March 9th through the 12th, a blizzard hit the south and west of England. Called the Great Blizzard of 1891, it led to snow drifts of up to 15 feet and killed 200 people and 6,000 animals. Fourteen ships sank.

1928 - Wilbert was 48 years old when Mickie Mouse was born! He first appeared in Disney's Steamboat Willie, along with Minnie. Although they were in two previous shorts, this was the first to be distributed. Steamboat Willie took advantage of the new technology and was a "talkie" - music was coordinated with the animation. It became the most popular cartoon of its day.

1970 - At the age of 90 years old, Wilbert was alive when on May 4th, four students at Kent State University in Ohio were shot and killed by National Guardsmen. The students were at a peaceful demonstration protesting the invasion of Cambodia by US forces. There had been precedent for the killing of American college students. The previous year, on May 15th, Alameda County Sheriffs used shotguns against U.C. Berkeley students at a protest for People's Park. One student died, one was blinded, 128 were injured.

1971 - In the year of Wilbert Burke's passing, in March, Congress passed the Twenty-sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which lowered the voting age to 18 (from 21). It was a response to the criticism that men could fight at 18, but not vote for the policies and politicians who sent them to war. The states quickly ratified the Amendment and it was signed into law on July 1st by President Richard Nixon.

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Wilbert Burke passed away in September 1971 at 90 years old. There is no listed cause of death for Wilbert. He was born on September 10, 1880. We have no information about Wilbert's surviving family. We know that Wilbert Burke had been residing in Bartow, Polk County, Florida.

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