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Willie Petershell (1895 - 1984)

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Willie Petershell
1895 - 1984
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June 3, 1895
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September 1984
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Newport, Giles County, Virginia 24128
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Willie Petershell was born on June 3, 1895. He died in September 1984 at age 89. We know that Willie Petershell had been residing in Newport, Giles County, Virginia 24128.
Updated: October 7, 2011
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Willie Petershell passed away in September 1984 at age 89. He was born on June 3, 1895. We are unaware of information about Willie's family. We know that Willie Petershell had been residing in Newport, Giles County, Virginia 24128.
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In 1895, in the year that Willie Petershell was born, on March 15th, in County Tipperary, Ireland, Michael Cleary killed his wife of 8 years, Bridget, and burned her body. His defense was that his "wife" was a changeling that was left in his real wife's place when she was abducted by fairies. He was nonetheless convicted and imprisoned for manslaughter. He spent 15 years in prison.

In 1909, when he was only 14 years old, the U.S. penny was changed to the Abraham Lincoln design. The Lincoln penny was so popular that it soon had to be rationed and it sold on the secondary market for a quarter. Abraham Lincoln was the first historical figure to be on a U.S. coin - which was released to commemorate his 100th birthday. This penny was also the first U.S. cent to include the words "In God We Trust.".

In 1919, at the age of 24 years old, Willie was alive when the "Black Sox Scandal" rocked baseball fans during the World Series. Eight players on the Chicago White Sox were accused of throwing the World Series, thus allowing the Cincinnati Reds to win, and making money off of the losses. All of the players were found not guilty by a jury but the fallout lasted for decades. The players were banned from baseball even though they were found innocent.

In 1978, by the time he was 83 years old, on November 18th, Jim Jones's Peoples Temple followers committed mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana - where they had moved, from San Francisco, as a group. Jones was the leader of the cult and ordered his followers to drink cyanide-laced punch, which they did. Whole families (women and children included) died - more than 900 people in all.

In 1984, in the year of Willie Petershell'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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