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William J Burditt (1914 - 1988)

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William J Burditt
1914 - 1988
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May 8, 1914
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December 6, 1988
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Leakey, Real County, Texas 78873
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William J Burditt was born on May 8, 1914. He died on December 6, 1988 at 74 years old. We know that William J Burditt had been residing in Leakey, Real County, Texas 78873.
Updated: November 7, 2011
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William J Burditt died on December 6, 1988 at 74 years old. He was born on May 8, 1914. We are unaware of information about William's surviving family. We know that William J Burditt had been residing in Leakey, Real County, Texas 78873.
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In 1914, in the year that William J Burditt was born, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother's Day, the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers. Anna Jarvis had championed a Mother's Day for years but Congress had joked a few years earlier that then they would have to proclaim a "Mother-in-law's Day" as well. The President who championed a woman's right to vote also created a day in their honor.

In 1949, by the time he was 35 years old, comedian Milton Berle hosted the first telethon show. It raised $1,100,000 for cancer research and lasted 16 hours. The next day, newspapers, in writing about the event, first used the word "telethon."

In 1956, at the age of 42 years old, William was alive when on May 20th, the U.S. tested the first hydrogen bomb dropped from a plane over Bikini Atoll. Previously, hydrogen bombs had only been tested on the ground. The Atomic Age moved forward.

In 1962, he was 48 years old when on August 5th, actress and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe died in Brentwood California. She was ruled to have died from suicide due to a drug overdose. There has been controversy regarding the circumstances ever since, due to her relationships with Jack and Bobby Kennedy.

In 1988, in the year of William J Burditt's passing, on December 21st, Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie Scotland. The explosion killed all 259 people on board and another 11 on the ground. The flight had left Heathrow Airport in London less than an hour before, on its way to New York. After an exhaustive (and long) investigation it came to be believed that two individuals from Libya had planted the bomb.

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