William Hoffman (1896 - 1966)

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William Hoffman
1896 - 1966
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November 17, 1896
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January 1966
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Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania 15207
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William Hoffman was born on November 17, 1896. He died in January 1966 at age 69. We know that William Hoffman had been residing in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania 15207.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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William Hoffman passed away in January 1966 at age 69. He was born on November 17, 1896. We have no information about William's family or relationships. We know that William Hoffman had been residing in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania 15207.

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In 1896, in the year that William Hoffman was born, on May 18th, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in the case of Plessy v. Ferguson. By a vote of 7 to 1, the Court upheld state racial segregation laws, introducing the idea of "separate but equal" facilities for races.

In 1906, he was only 10 years old when President Theodore Roosevelt received the Nobel Prize for Peace. The award was considered controversial at the time because many thought that he was an imperialist. But he had brokered peace between Russia and Japan a year previous and had allowed a dispute between Mexico and the U.S. to go to arbitration, resolving the issue peacefully rather than resorting to military conflict. For these two reasons, the Nobel Prize committee chose him for the Peace Prize.

In 1927, he was 31 years old when in September, the Columbia Broadcasting System (later called CBS) became the second national radio network in the U.S. The first broadcast was a presentation by the Howard Barlow Orchestra from radio station WOR in Newark, New Jersey.

In 1931, he was 35 years old when on May 1st, the Empire State Building opened in New York City. At 1,454 feet (including the roof and antenna), it was the tallest building in the world until the World Trade Center's North Tower was built in 1970. (It is now the 34th tallest.) Opening at the beginning of the Great Depression, most of the offices in the Empire State Building remained unoccupied for years and the observation deck was an equal source of revenue and kept the building profitable.

In 1966, in the year of William Hoffman's passing, on September 8th, the first Star Trek episode, "The Man Trap," was broadcast on NBC. The plot concerned a creature that sucked salt from human bodies. The original series only aired for 3 seasons due to low ratings.

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