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Willis Hammel (1914 - 1979)

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Willis Hammel
1914 - 1979
Born
July 4, 1914
Death
June 1979
Last Known Residence
Wisconsin Rapids, Wood County, Wisconsin 54494
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Willis Hammel of Wisconsin Rapids, Wood County, Wisconsin was born on July 4, 1914, and died at age 64 years old in June 1979.
Updated: November 4, 2011
Biography ID: 55204919

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Willis Hammel passed away at age 64 years old in June 1979. Willis Hammel of Wisconsin Rapids, Wood County, Wisconsin was born on July 4, 1914.

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Willis Hammel lived 10 years shorter than the average Hammel family member when he died at the age of 64.
The average age of a Hammel family member is 74.
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In 1914, in the year that Willis Hammel was born, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother's Day, the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers. Anna Jarvis had championed a Mother's Day for years but Congress had joked a few years earlier that then they would have to proclaim a "Mother-in-law's Day" as well. The President who championed a woman's right to vote also created a day in their honor.

In 1921, at the age of only 7 years old, Willis was alive when the silent film The Sheik, directed by George Melford and starring Rudolph Valentino and Agnes Ayres (also featuring Adolphe Menjou) debuted on October 21st. Critics weren't enthusiastic but the public loved it - in the first few weeks 125,000 people had seen the movie - and it eventually exceeded $1 million in ticket sales. And Rudolph Valentino, an Italian American, became the heartthrob of a female generation.

In 1937, at the age of 23 years old, Willis was alive when on May 28th, the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge opened to cars. Taking 5 years to build, the 4,200-foot-long suspension bridge was an engineering marvel of its time - 11 men died during construction. The "international orange" color was chosen because it resisted rust and fading. To the present, it is the symbol of the City that is known throughout the world.

In 1941, he was 27 years old when on June 25th, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 8802, prohibiting racial discrimination in the defense industry. EO 8802 was the first federal action to prohibit employment discrimination - without prejudice as to "race, creed, color, or national origin" - in the U.S. Civil Rights groups had planned a march on Washington D.C. to protest for equal rights but with the signing of the Order, they canceled the March.

In 1979, in the year of Willis Hammel's passing, on March 28th, a partial nuclear meltdown occurred at the power plant at Three Mile Island Pennsylvania. Radiation leaked into the environment, resulting in a rating of 5 on a scale of 7 ("Accident With Wider Consequences") . It ended up costing $1 billion to clean up the site.

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