Wilfred Breault (1897 - 1981)

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Wilfred Breault
1897 - 1981
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November 12, 1897
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July 1981
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Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky 40218
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Wilfred Breault was born on November 12, 1897. He died in July 1981 at 83 years old. We know that Wilfred Breault had been residing in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky 40218.
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Wilfred Breault passed away in July 1981 at 83 years old. He was born on November 12, 1897. We have no information about Wilfred's family. We know that Wilfred Breault had been residing in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky 40218.

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In 1897, in the year that Wilfred Breault was born, on September 21st, editor and publisher Francis P. Church responded to a letter to the editor from Virginia O'Hanlon, 8 years old. Virginia's father had told her that "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." So she wrote to the Sun, asking if there was a Santa Claus. Church responded with the now famous editorial "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus".

In 1913, he was 16 years old when ratified in February the 16th Amendment, establishing a Federal income tax, became law. Previously, customs duties (tariffs) and excise taxes were the primary sources of federal revenue. With the passage of the 16th Amendment, incomes of couples exceeding $4,000, as well as those of single persons earning $3,000 or more, were subject to a 1% Federal tax (that would be about $98,000 and $74,000 now). Rates rose to 7% for incomes over half a million dollars. Less than 1% of the population was subject to income tax.

In 1965, Wilfred was 68 years old when the television show "I Spy" premiered in the fall season on NBC. The stars were Bill Cosby and Robert Culp, making Cosby the first African American to headline a television show. Four stations - in Georgia, Florida, and Alabama - refused to air the show.

In 1978, at the age of 81 years old, Wilfred was alive when on November 18th, Jim Jones's Peoples Temple followers committed mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana - where they had moved, from San Francisco, as a group. Jones was the leader of the cult and ordered his followers to drink cyanide-laced punch, which they did. Whole families (women and children included) died - more than 900 people in all.

In 1981, in the year of Wilfred Breault's passing, on August 1st, MTV debuted. It was the first music video TV channel. The first music video played was the Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" - the second was Pat Benatar's "You Better Run".

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