Willis Miller (1896 - 1974)

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Willis Miller
1896 - 1974
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February 27, 1896
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March 1974
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Girard, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16417
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Willis Miller was born on February 27, 1896. He died in March 1974 at 78 years of age. We know that Willis Miller had been residing in Girard, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16417.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Willis Miller died in March 1974 at 78 years old. He was born on February 27, 1896. We have no information about Willis's family. We know that Willis Miller had been residing in Girard, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16417.

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In 1896, in the year that Willis Miller was born, on May 18th, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in the case of Plessy v. Ferguson. By a vote of 7 to 1, the Court upheld state racial segregation laws, introducing the idea of "separate but equal" facilities for races.

In 1903, he was merely 7 years old when the United States Department of Commerce and Labor was created by President Theodore Roosevelt to control the excesses of big business. Renamed the Department of Commerce 10 years later, many departments concerned with workers were transferred to the Department of Labor at that time. Another spin-off, the Bureau of Corporations, became the Federal Trade Commission.

In 1938, he was 42 years old when on October 30th, a Sunday, The Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast Orson Welles' special Halloween show The War of the World's. A clever take on H.G. Wells' novel, the show began with simulated "breaking news" of an invasion by Martians. Because of the realistic nature of the "news," there was a public outcry the next day, calling for regulation by the FCC. Although the current story is that many were fooled and panicked, in reality very few people were fooled. But the show made Orson Welles' career.

In 1964, at the age of 68 years old, Willis was alive when on June 11th, activist Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment in South Africa for conspiring to overthrow the state (because of his numerous anti-apartheid activities). He served 27 years in prison.

In 1974, in the year of Willis Miller's passing, on August 9th, Gerald R. Ford became the 38th President of the United States. He had been Vice President for 8 months when he became President due to the resignation of President Nixon.

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