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William Joseph Balkin (1905 - 1961)

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William Joseph Balkin
1905 - 1961
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1905
Hamilton, Australia
Death
1961
Buni, Australia
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Hamilton, Australia
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William Joseph Balkin was born in 1905 in Hamilton, Australia. He is the child of Michael Henry Balkin and Julia Ann (Ebesworthy) Balkin. He died in 1961 in Buni, Australia at 56 years old.
Updated: August 8, 2019
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William Joseph Balkin passed away in 1961 in Buni, Australia at age 56. He was born in 1905 in Hamilton, Australia. He is the child of Michael Henry Balkin and Julia Ann (Ebesworthy) Balkin.
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In 1905, in the year that William Joseph Balkin was born, federal spending was $0.57 billion, unemployment was 4.3%, and the cost of a first-class stamp was $0.02. Current U.S. government spending is $4.268 trillion.

In 1938, he was 33 years old when on October 30th, a Sunday, The Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast Orson Welles' special Halloween show The War of the World's. A clever take on H.G. Wells' novel, the show began with simulated "breaking news" of an invasion by Martians. Because of the realistic nature of the "news," there was a public outcry the next day, calling for regulation by the FCC. Although the current story is that many were fooled and panicked, in reality very few people were fooled. But the show made Orson Welles' career.

In 1947, at the age of 42 years old, William was alive when on April 15th, Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, playing first base. He was the first black man to play in the Major Leagues. Since the 1880's, professional baseball had been segregated and blacks played in the "Negro leagues". He went on to play for 10 years.

In 1957, he was 52 years old when on October 4th, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the first man made earth-orbiting satellite - and triggered the Space Race. Sputnik I was only 23 inches in diameter and had no tracking equipment, only 4 antennas, but it had a big impact.

In 1961, in the year of William Joseph Balkin's passing, on May 5th, Navy Cmdr. Alan B. Shepard, Jr., made the first manned Project Mercury flight, MR-3, in a spacecraft he named Freedom 7. He was the second man to go into space, the first was Yuri Gagarin - a Soviet cosmonaut.

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