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William Reitz (1895 - 1976)

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William Reitz
1895 - 1976
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August 30, 1895
Death
February 1976
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Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California 90802
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William Reitz was born on August 30, 1895. He died in February 1976 at 80 years of age. We know that William Reitz had been residing in Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California 90802.
Updated: November 12, 2011
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William Reitz died in February 1976 at 80 years of age. He was born on August 30, 1895. We are unaware of information about William's family. We know that William Reitz had been residing in Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California 90802.
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In 1895, in the year that William Reitz was born, on September 3rd, in Latrobe, PA, the first professional football game was played. The game was between the Latrobe YMCA and the Jeannette Athletic Club. Latrobe won 12 - 0.

In 1905, at the age of just 10 years old, William was alive when the Industrial Workers of the World was founded. An international labor union founded in Chicago, it was most often referred to as the "Wobblies" and had ties to the socialist movement and the anarchist movement. At its peak, it had 150,000 members.

In 1952, by the time he was 57 years old, on July 2, Dr. Jonas E. Salk tested the first dead-virus polio vaccine on 43 children. The worst epidemic of polio had broken out that year - in the U.S. there were 58,000 cases reported. Of these, 3,145 people had died and 21,269 were left with mild to disabling paralysis.

In 1967, by the time he was 72 years old, on October 2nd, Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first black US Supreme Court justice. Marshall was the great-grandson of a slave and graduated first in his class at Howard University Law School. His nomination to the Supreme Court was approved by the Senate, 69 to 11.

In 1976, in the year of William Reitz's passing, The United States celebrated the Bicentennial of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. It was a year long celebration, with the biggest events taking place on July 4th.

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