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William Vocke (1893 - 1984)

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William Vocke
1893 - 1984
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February 10, 1893
Death
April 1984
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Grafton, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin 53024
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William Vocke was born on February 10, 1893. He died in April 1984 at age 91. We know that William Vocke had been residing in Grafton, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin 53024.
Updated: November 4, 2011
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William Vocke passed away in April 1984 at 91 years of age. He was born on February 10, 1893. We have no information about William's immediate family. We know that William Vocke had been residing in Grafton, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin 53024.
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In 1893, in the year that William Vocke was born, on November 7th, the women of Colorado were given the right to vote via a state referendum. Fifty-five percent of voters turned out and the referendum passed with 35,798 voting in favor and 29,551 voting against.

In 1904, William was only 11 years old when the "Teddy's Bear" was first produced. After seeing a political cartoon of President Teddy Roosevelt refusing to kill a clubbed and tied up bear, Jewish Russian immigrant Morris Michtom - who owned a candy shop and sold stuffed animals that he and his wife made at night at the store - made a "Teddy's Bear" and put it in his shop's window. The stuffed bears were an immediate success and Michtom and his wife went on to found the Ideal Novelty and Toy Co.

In 1962, William was 69 years old when on October 1st, African-American James H. Meredith, escorted by federal marshals, registered at the University of Mississippi - becoming the first African-American student admitted to the segregated college. He had been inspired by President Kennedy's inaugural address to apply for admission.

In 1971, by the time he was 78 years old, in March, Congress passed the Twenty-sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which lowered the voting age to 18 (from 21). It was a response to the criticism that men could fight at 18, but not vote for the policies and politicians who sent them to war. The states quickly ratified the Amendment and it was signed into law on July 1st by President Richard Nixon.

In 1984, in the year of William Vocke's passing, due to outrage about "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (it seemed too "dark" to many and it was rated PG), a new rating was devised - PG-13. The first film rated PG-13 was "Red Dawn".

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