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Willard Sheppard (1907 - 1987)

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Willard Sheppard
1907 - 1987
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May 17, 1907
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February 1987
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Dolgeville, Herkimer County, New York 13329
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Willard Sheppard was born on May 17, 1907. He died in February 1987 at 79 years old. We know that Willard Sheppard had been residing in Dolgeville, Herkimer County, New York 13329.
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Willard Sheppard passed away in February 1987 at 79 years of age. He was born on May 17, 1907. We have no information about Willard's family. We know that Willard Sheppard had been residing in Dolgeville, Herkimer County, New York 13329.
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In 1907, in the year that Willard Sheppard was born, the showman Florenz Ziegfeld introduced his Ziegfeld Follies. Ziegfeld was inspired by the Folies Bergère of Paris and the show was a step up from the then current vaudeville shows. The top entertainers of the time played in the Follies but the stars were the Ziegfeld girls - beautiful chorus girls in elaborate costumes. For almost a quarter of a century, the Ziegfeld follies were the toast of Broadway.

In 1956, by the time he was 49 years old, on May 20th, the U.S. tested the first hydrogen bomb dropped from a plane over Bikini Atoll. Previously, hydrogen bombs had only been tested on the ground. The Atomic Age moved forward.

In 1961, Willard was 54 years old when on January 20th, John F. Kennedy became the 35th President of the United States. He had previously been a U.S. Senator and a Congressman, both from the state of Massachusetts, as well as a Naval lieutenant in World War II.

In 1973, at the age of 66 years old, Willard was alive when in October, Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned - President Nixon nominated Gerald Ford for Vice President. Nixon's tax returns came under investigation. Nixon offered the recently discovered Oval Office tapes be heard by one person and summarized - his offer was rejected by the Special Prosecutor. Nixon ordered the Attorney General, then the assistant Attorney General, to fire the Special Prosecutor. Both refused and were fired. The Solicitor General became the acting Attorney General and fired the Special Prosecutor (the Saturday Night Massacre). Nixon releases some of the tapes, under extreme pressure because of the firings.

In 1987, in the year of Willard Sheppard's passing, was the first time that a criminal in the United States - a serial rapist - was convicted through the use of DNA evidence.

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