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Willie J Harris (1908 - 1998)

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Willie J Harris
1908 - 1998
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September 27, 1908
Death
November 29, 1998
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Eustis, Lake County, Florida 32726
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Willie J Harris was born on September 27, 1908. He died on November 29, 1998 at age 90. We know that Willie J Harris had been residing in Eustis, Lake County, Florida 32726.
Updated: November 1, 2011
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Willie J Harris passed away on November 29, 1998 at age 90. He was born on September 27, 1908. There is no information about Willie's family or relationships. We know that Willie J Harris had been residing in Eustis, Lake County, Florida 32726.
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In 1908, in the year that Willie J Harris was born, a 7.1 earthquake and the resulting tsunami killed 70,000 to 100,000 people in southern Italy and Sicily. The earthquake, lasting 30 to 40 seconds, occurred in the Strait of Messina which was between the region of Calabria (at the "toe" of Italy) and the island of Sicily and destruction from it occurred in a 186 mile radius. It was the most destructive earthquake ever to hit Europe.

In 1919, Willie was just 11 years old when in January, Nebraska was the 36th state to ratify the 18th Amendment, making it the law of the land. The 18th Amendment established Prohibition - a law against the production, transport, and sale of alcohol. Private consumption and possession were not prohibited. Several months later, the Volstead Act was passed, creating laws to enforce the Amendment. Bootlegging and bathtub gin followed.

In 1943, at the age of 35 years old, Willie was alive when on September 3rd, the Armistice of Cassibile was signed in Sicily. Under the terms of the Armistice, Italy surrendered to the Allied Powers. After the Armistice was made public on September 8th, Germany attacked and occupied Italy. It took 20 months of fighting for the Allies to reach the northern borders of Italy.

In 1976, Willie was 68 years old when 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.

In 1998, in the year of Willie J Harris's passing, on December 19th, the movie Titanic - based on the 1912 sinking of the ship and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet - was released. Winning 11 Oscars, it was the first film to gross over a billion dollars and eventually grossed over $2 billion.

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