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William Blackburn (1912 - 1981)

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William Blackburn
1912 - 1981
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July 17, 1912
Death
November 1981
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East Mc Keesport, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania 15035
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William Blackburn was born on July 17, 1912. He died in November 1981 at 69 years old. We know that William Blackburn had been residing in East Mc Keesport, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania 15035.
Updated: October 6, 2011
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William Blackburn passed away in November 1981 at 69 years of age. He was born on July 17, 1912. We have no information about William's immediate family. We know that William Blackburn had been residing in East Mc Keesport, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania 15035.
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In 1912, in the year that William Blackburn was born, in October, former President Theodore Roosevelt was shot, but not killed, while campaigning for another term as President with the newly created Bull Moose (Progressive) Party. John Schrank was a Bavarian-born saloon-keeper from New York who had been stalking Roosevelt when he shot him just before a campaign speech. Shot in the chest (and showing the audience his bloody shirt), Roosevelt went on to give a 55 to 90 minute talk (reports vary on the length) before being treated for the injury. After 8 days in the hospital, Roosevelt went back on the campaign trail.

In 1935, by the time he was 23 years old, on August 14, the Social Security Act was signed into law. The purpose was to "provide federal assistance to those unable to work". The law established the Social Security Administration whose primary focus was to "provide aid for the elderly, the unemployed, and children". The Act survived many Supreme Court challenges and the Administration continues until today.

In 1949, when he was 37 years old, on April 4th, NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization) was established. Twelve nations originally signed the North Atlantic Treaty - the United States, Great Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Iceland, Canada, and Portugal. Greece, Turkey, and West Germany later joined. Today, there are 26 nations in NATO.

In 1951, when he was 39 years old, on June 25th, CBS began broadcasting in color. There were well over 10 million televisions by that time. The first show in color was a musical variety special titled "Premiere". Hardly anyone had a color TV that could see the show.

In 1981, in the year of William Blackburn'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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