Willie Sheppard (1909 - 1987)

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Bolton, Hinds County, Mississippi

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1909 - In the year that Willie Sheppard was born, explorer Robert Peary, a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, claimed to have been the first to have reached the geographic North Pole. His claim has been disputed for over a century - some say that he ended up 60 miles from the North Pole. Peary was the only navigator on his team and he didn't submit his records for public review.

1967 - At the age of 58 years old, Willie was alive when 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.

1968 - By the time he was 59 years old, on April 4th, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights leader, was shot and killed by an assassin in Memphis. James Earl Ray was apprehended and plead guilty to shooting Dr. King. Ray died in jail in 1998.

1972 - He was 63 years old when on September 5th, the Palestinian terrorist group Black September, with the assistance of German neo-nazis, kidnapped and killed 11 Israeli athletes at the Olympic Games in Munich. The attackers crept into the Olympic Village and abducted the athletes while they were sleeping. A German policeman was also killed.

1987 - In the year of Willie Sheppard's passing, was the first time that a criminal in the United States - a serial rapist - was convicted through the use of DNA evidence.

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Willie Sheppard passed away in April 1987 at 78 years of age. There is no known cause of death for Willie. He was born on January 19, 1909. We are unaware of information about Willie's family or relationships. We know that Willie Sheppard had been residing in Bolton, Hinds County, Mississippi.

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