Wilbur Williams (1919 - 1985)

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Wilbur Williams
1919 - 1985
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August 3, 1919
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September 1985
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Jackson, Hinds County, Mississippi 39202
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Wilbur Williams was born on August 3, 1919. He died in September 1985 at 66 years of age. We know that Wilbur Williams had been residing in Jackson, Hinds County, Mississippi 39202.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Wilbur Williams passed away in September 1985 at 66 years old. He was born on August 3, 1919. We are unaware of information about Wilbur's family. We know that Wilbur Williams had been residing in Jackson, Hinds County, Mississippi 39202.

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In 1919, in the year that Wilbur Williams was born, in January, Nebraska was the 36th state to ratify the 18th Amendment, making it the law of the land. The 18th Amendment established Prohibition - a law against the production, transport, and sale of alcohol. Private consumption and possession were not prohibited. Several months later, the Volstead Act was passed, creating laws to enforce the Amendment. Bootlegging and bathtub gin followed.

In 1931, by the time he was merely 12 years old, 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 1949, at the age of 30 years old, Wilbur was alive when comedian Milton Berle hosted the first telethon show. It raised $1,100,000 for cancer research and lasted 16 hours. The next day, newspapers, in writing about the event, first used the word "telethon."

In 1962, when he was 43 years old, on February 20th, Lt. Col. John H. Glenn, Jr. became the first American to orbit the Earth. The Friendship 7 flew three times around the earth in 4 hours and 55 minutes. At age 77, Glenn returned to space - the oldest person to fly in space.

In 1985, in the year of Wilbur Williams'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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