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William E Vocke (1926 - 2004)

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William E Vocke
1926 - 2004
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February 28, 1926
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November 9, 2004
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Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana 46385
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William E Vocke was born on February 28, 1926. He died on November 9, 2004 at 78 years old. We know that William E Vocke had been residing in Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana 46385.
Updated: October 8, 2011
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William E Vocke died on November 9, 2004 at 78 years old. He was born on February 28, 1926. There is no information about William's family or relationships. We know that William E Vocke had been residing in Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana 46385.
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In 1926, in the year that William E Vocke was born, on November 15th, NBC was founded. It was the U.S.'s first major broadcast network. Ownership of the network was split between RCA (a majority partner at 50%), its founding corporate parent General Electric (which owned 30%), and Westinghouse (which owned the remaining 20%).

In 1942, when he was 16 years old, on November 28th at 10:15p, a nightclub in Boston, the Cocoanut Grove, caught fire. The origins of the fire are unknown but it killed 492 people - the deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history. Hundreds more were injured. The disaster was so shocking that it replaced World War II in the headlines and lead to reforms in safety standards and codes.

In 1951, he was 25 years old when on April 5th, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (husband and wife) were sentenced to death for treason. They were executed on June 19th. American citizens, they were convicted of spying for the Soviet Union. Their two young sons were adopted by a high school teacher and his wife.

In 1968, he was 42 years old when on April 4th, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights leader, was shot and killed by an assassin in Memphis. James Earl Ray was apprehended and plead guilty to shooting Dr. King. Ray died in jail in 1998.

In 1989, when he was 63 years old, on November 9th, the Berlin Wall fell. The Wall was built by the East Germans to keep East Berliners from escaping into West Berlin, separating families and friends. When the head of the East German Communist Party announced that day that East Berliners could cross whenever they pleased, happy crowds surged across the border. People brought tools and took parts of the hated wall.

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