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William J Bonner (1920 - 2004)

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William J Bonner
1920 - 2004
Born
May 12, 1920
Death
April 26, 2004
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Ashaway, Washington County, Rhode Island 02804
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William J Bonner was born on May 12, 1920. He died on April 26, 2004 at 83 years old. We know that William J Bonner had been residing in Ashaway, Washington County, Rhode Island 02804.
Updated: October 3, 2011
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William J Bonner passed away on April 26, 2004 at age 83. He was born on May 12, 1920. We have no information about William's surviving family. We know that William J Bonner had been residing in Ashaway, Washington County, Rhode Island 02804.
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In 1920, in the year that William J Bonner was born, the Volstead Act became law. Formally called the National Prohibition Act, the Volstead Act enabled law enforcement agencies to carry out the 18th Amendment. It said that "no person shall manufacture, sell, barter, transport, import, export, deliver, or furnish any intoxicating liquor except as authorized by this act" and defined intoxicating liquor as any beverage containing more than 0.5% alcohol by volume.

In 1967, he was 47 years old when on November 7th, President Johnson signed legislation passed by Congress that created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which would later become PBS and NPR. The legislation required CPB to operate with a "strict adherence to objectivity and balance in all programs or series of programs of a controversial nature".

In 1978, William was 58 years old when on July 25th, Louise Brown, the first "test-tube baby", was born at Oldham Hospital in London. Louise was conceived through IVF (in vitro fertilization), a controversial and experimental procedure at the time.

In 1989, he was 69 years old when 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.

In 1991, he was 71 years old when on January 16th, Allied forces began the first phase of Operation Desert Storm. Saddam Hussein's forces had previously invaded the sovereign state of Kuwait and the focus of the operation was to remove his Iraqi troops from Kuwait. On February 24th, the ground war began. Within 100 hours, American ground troops declared Kuwait liberated.

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