William L Ridley (1921 - 2005)

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William L Ridley
1921 - 2005
updated February 06, 2019
William L Ridley was born on July 20, 1921. He died on November 27, 2005 at 84 years old. We know that William L Ridley had been residing in Okemos, Ingham County, Michigan 48864.


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William L Ridley passed away on November 27, 2005 at 84 years old. He was born on July 20, 1921. There is no information about William's family. We know that William L Ridley had been residing in Okemos, Ingham County, Michigan 48864.
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In 1921, in the year that William L Ridley was born, the silent film The Sheik, directed by George Melford and starring Rudolph Valentino and Agnes Ayres (also featuring Adolphe Menjou) debuted on October 21st. Critics weren't enthusiastic but the public loved it - in the first few weeks 125,000 people had seen the movie - and it eventually exceeded $1 million in ticket sales. And Rudolph Valentino, an Italian American, became the heartthrob of a female generation.

In 1931, by the time he was just 10 years old, 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 1948, he was 27 years old when on January 30th, Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated in New Delhi by a member of a Hindu nationalist party who thought that Gandhi was too accommodating to Muslims. The man, Nathuram Godse, shot Gandhi 3 times. He died immediately. The shooter was tried, convicted, and hung in November 1949.

In 1977, at the age of 56 years old, William was alive when on January 21st, President Carter pardoned "draft dodgers" - men who avoided the draft during the Vietnam War. He fulfilled a campaign promise with the pardon. But it only applied to civilian evaders - the estimated 500,000 to 1 million active-duty personnel who went AWOL were not included.

In 1980, William was 59 years old when on December 8th, ex-Beatle John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman in front of his home - the Dakota - in New York City. Chapman was found guilty of murder and still remains in jail.

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William John Ridley
around 1891 - Jun 7, 1917
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around 1896 - May 7, 1941
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around 1892 - Aug 9, 1915
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William George Ridley
around 1895 - Jul 23, 1916
William Frederick Ridley
around 1887 - Nov 30, 1916
William Ewart Ridley
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William Ernest Ridley
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William Ridley
Born: around 1926
Mississippi, United States
William J Ridley
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Born: around 1917
Illinois, United States
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Sep 9, 1907 - Jun 3, 2004
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Alice M Ridley
Mar 30, 1909 - Mar 7, 1993
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James A Ridley
May 23, 1925 - May 18, 2001
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Clara Mae Ridley
Oct 13, 1929 - Jan 6, 2010
Fremont, California
Alfred Ridley
Mar 14, 1906 - March 1975
Lexington, Michigan
Rachel Ridley
Mar 23, 1890 - December 1970
Detroit, Michigan
Gregory Alan Ridley
Aug 8, 1956 - Dec 13, 2010
Richmond Hill, GA
John Ridley
Sep 26, 1907 - May 1981
Carefree, Arizona
Hughrie Ridley
Jan 13, 1891 - May 1967
Detroit, Michigan
Dorothy W Ridley
Apr 7, 1923 - January 1995
South Haven, MI
Mabel Ridley
Aug 14, 1893 - December 1973
Belleville, Michigan
Cleveland Frank Ridley
Feb 20, 1928 - Apr 5, 2009
Saint Petersburg, IN
Elmer L Ridley
May 30, 1916 - Apr 5, 2002
Junction City, KS
Charles Ridley
Apr 25, 1878 - July 1974
South Haven, Michigan
Lawrence E Ridley
Jul 25, 1948 - Oct 7, 2004
Gerald Ridley
Feb 26, 1958 - October 1979
Delphine M Ridley
Sep 13, 1907 - August 1995
Davison, MI
William Ridley
Oct 27, 1897 - January 1982
Woodbridge, Virginia
Erwin W Ridley
Feb 16, 1908 - Feb 6, 2000
Midland, MI
Glen C Ridley
Dec 27, 1915 - Nov 22, 1998
Clio, MI

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May 3, 1913 - May 1986
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Port Saint Lucie, FL
Harry O Dildine
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Littleton, CO
Jennie Smith
Jul 20, 1900 - July 1987
Livonia, Michigan
George P Franklin
Oct 25, 1920 - Jan 9, 1992
Oakland, CA
James Milton
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Edward J Slubowski
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Howard A Matteson
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Farmington, MI
Richard E Roberts
May 21, 1922 - Aug 29, 1998
Southgate, MI
William R Carlson
May 17, 1921 - Apr 17, 1993
Fenton, MI
Jane R Kowalski
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Redford, MI
Eva v Dudek
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Saint Clair Shores, MI
Richard Jackson
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Donna Born
Feb 19, 1921 - May 1983
Ludington, Michigan
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Wyandotte, Michigan
Esther Holton
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William R Gorham
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