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William J Reitz (1912 - 1992)

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William J Reitz
1912 - 1992
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April 3, 1912
Death
November 27, 1992
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Delray Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida 33445
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William J Reitz was born on April 3, 1912. He died on November 27, 1992 at 80 years of age. We know that William J Reitz had been residing in Delray Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida 33445.
Updated: October 3, 2011
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William J Reitz died on November 27, 1992 at 80 years old. He was born on April 3, 1912. There is no information about William's family or relationships. We know that William J Reitz had been residing in Delray Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida 33445.
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In 1912, in the year that William J Reitz was born, New Mexico became the 47th state of the Union in January. Previously a province of Mexico, then a territory of the United States and mostly populated by Native Americans and Mexicans, once it became a U.S. territory it was increasingly colonized by European-American settlers. Its population was over 327,000 when it became a state.

In 1925, he was only 13 years old when on November 28th, radio station WSM broadcast the Grand Ole Opry for the first time. Originally airing as “The WSM Barn Dance”, the Opry (a local term for "opera") was dedicated to honoring country music and in its history has featured the biggest stars and acts in country music.

In 1949, by the time he was 37 years old, on January 25th, the first Emmy Awards (for television) were handed out in Los Angeles. Shirley Dinsdale won for the Most Outstanding Television Personality and Pantomime Quiz Time earned an Emmy for the Most Popular Television Program.

In 1958, when he was 46 years old, on January 31st, Explorer I, the United States' answer to Sputnik I (and 2,) was launched. America had entered the Space Race. The first spacecraft to detect the Van Allen radiation belt, it remained in orbit until 1970.

In 1992, in the year of William J Reitz's passing, on April 29th, riots began in Los Angeles after the "Rodney King" verdict was issued. Four LAPD officers had been accused of using excessive force (assault) on African-American Rodney King, who had been stopped for drunk driving. The beating had been videotaped. Their acquittal sparked a 6 day riot in Los Angeles.

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