William F Hrnek (1910 - 1998)

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William F Hrnek
1910 - 1998
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August 14, 1910
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January 27, 1998
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Chester, Hancock County, West Virginia 26034
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William F Hrnek was born on August 14, 1910. He died on January 27, 1998 at age 87. We know that William F Hrnek had been residing in Chester, Hancock County, West Virginia 26034.
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William F Hrnek passed away on January 27, 1998 at 87 years of age. He was born on August 14, 1910. We are unaware of information about William's family. We know that William F Hrnek had been residing in Chester, Hancock County, West Virginia 26034.

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In 1910, in the year that William F Hrnek was born, Thomas Edison introduced his kinetophone, which he hoped would make "talkies" a reality. But the sound wasn't synchronized to the pictures and only 45 Kinetophones were made.

In 1926, he was 16 years old when on October 31st, Harry Houdini died in Michigan. Houdini was the most famed magician of his time and perhaps of all time, especially for his acts involving escapes - from handcuffs, straitjackets, chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, and more. He was president of the Society of American Magicians and stringently upheld professional ethics. He died of complications from a ruptured appendix. Although he had received a blow to the area a couple of days previously, the connection between the blow and his appendicitis is disputed.

In 1974, he was 64 years old when on July 30th, the House Judiciary Committee adopted three articles of impeachment against President Nixon. He was charged with obstruction of justice, failure to uphold laws, and the refusal to produce material subpoenaed by the committee. In order to avoid impeachment, Richard M. Nixon announced that he would resign on August 8th, the first President to do so.

In 1981, by the time he was 71 years old, 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".

In 1998, in the year of William F Hrnek's passing, on December 19th, the movie Titanic - based on the 1912 sinking of the ship and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet - was released. Winning 11 Oscars, it was the first film to gross over a billion dollars and eventually grossed over $2 billion.

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