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Richard Baldwin Spenny
4/19/1932 - 12/21/1999
(Shown at age 55)
Richard Baldwin Spenny was born on April 19, 1932 somewhere in Michigan and died on December 21, 1999 in Avon Park, Highlands County, Florida. He lived to be 67 years old.

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25 1957 The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida is organized under the 1934 US Indian Reorganization Act and recognized by the federal government.
30 1962 The Seminole Tribe of Florida is organized under the 1934 US Indian Reorganization Act and recognized by the federal government.
47 1979 The sovereign status of the Seminole Indian Tribe allows it to establish the first gambling establishment in FL. It is a bingo hall located on their Hollywood, FL reservation.
4 1936 The first regular television broadcast happens in England
6 1938 Hahn, Strassmann, Meitner and Frisch discover nuclear fission
14 1946 The university of Pennsylvania develops the ENIAC computer, containing 18,000 vacuum tubes
15 1947 Researches at Bell Labs invent the first transistor
19 1951 The first color television is introduced in the U.S.
20 1952 The first sex-change surgery was performed to change George Jorgensen into Christine Jorgensen.
25 1957 Sputnik is launched by the Soviets and becomes the first artificial satellite to orbit the earth. It marks the beginning of the great "space race" between the Soviet Union and the U.S.
28 1960 The ruby laser was created by Maiman
30 1962 U.S. astronaut, John Glenn, orbits the earth
33 1965 The first "space walk" was completed by the Soviet Union
39 1971 The first unmanned spacecraft hit Mars and was launched by the Soviet Union
42 1974 Discovery of "Lucy" in Africa, an almost complete hominid skeleton over 3 million years old, only 3 and a half feet tall but having adult teeth, a small brain, walked upright
43 1975 Invention of the CAT scanner (computerized axial tomography)
47 1979 First "test tube baby" from artificial insemination
49 1981 AIDS is identified by scientist; The first reusable space shuttle, Columbia, is sent into space.
54 1986 Moments after liftoff the space shuttle Challenger explodes, killing size astronauts and a New Hampshire teacher.
57 1989 An asteroid comes relatively close to colliding with the earth
58 1990 Hubble Space Telescope launched; optical defect discovered and repaired later in 1993.
62 1994 The world watches comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 (S-L 9) colliding with Jupiter
65 1997 First Pathfinder vehicle lands on Mars and begin sending first photographs of Martin landscape. These are made available on the internet.
66 1998 Construction begins on the International Space Station.
6 1938 NEWS HEADLINES: Orson Wells' radio production of H.G. Well's War of the Worlds causes a national panic.
7 1939 NEWS HEADLINES: The first regular television broadcast happens in the United States
9 1941 NEWS HEADLINES: December 7, 1941 -- Japan launches a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and the US officially declares war on Japan the following day. World War II begins for American soldiers.
18 1950 NEWS HEADLINES: On June 25, the Korean War begins and the United Nations officially declaring war on North Korea two days later.
23 1955 NEWS HEADLINES: Rosa Parks refuses to give her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, AL.
28 1960 NEWS HEADLINES: The first birth control pill was approved and made available to the public
31 1963 NEWS HEADLINES: On November 22, President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas by Lee Harvey Oswald.
37 1969 NEWS HEADLINES: In July, the U.S. becomes the first nation to land astronauts on the moon. Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to step on the lunar surface.
38 1970 NEWS HEADLINES: U.S. forces invade Cambodia and the Vietnam War continues to escalate. Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix die of drug overdoses. Four Kent State University students are killed during a Vietnam War protest.
45 1977 NEWS HEADLINES: Star Wars is released and becomes the biggest ticket selling movie of all time.
52 1984 NEWS HEADLINES: The first Macintosh computer with a mouse is launched and begins the computer age as it is shortly followed by the first PC and Microsoft.
60 1992 NEWS HEADLINES: The "World Wide Web" (Internet) became available for home use through college and university sponsored "freenets".
5 1937 Flint Sit-Down Strike ended with official recognition of the United Auto Workers by General Motors.
9 1941 Between 1941-1945 During World War II, Detroit is called the "Arsenal of Democracy" for its wartime industry; Fort Wayne is the largest motor vehicle and parts depot in the world.
11 1943 Riot broke out pitting whites against blacks during wartime.
18 1950 Detroit is the 4th largest city in the U.S., with 1.8 million people
27 1959 Motown music begins recording in Detroit.
28 1960 Census results reveal a 1.45 million increase in state population, the largest in state history.
35 1967 Race riots struck the city of Detroit. After 5 days of rioting, 43 people lay dead, 1,189 injured and over 7,000 people had been arrested. The riot had lasting effects on the entire metro region and is usually cited as one of the reasons the Detroit area is among the most segregated areas in the United States. 1974 Gerald R. Ford
42 1974 Gerald R. Ford of Grand Rapids became the 38th President of the United States.
55 1987 Michigan celebrated 150 years of statehood.
1 1933 Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected president under his "New Deal" campaign. Frances Perkins becomes the first woman to hold a cabinet post when FDR appoints her secretary of labor. On December 5, the 21st Amendment is added to the Constitution, repealing Prohibition. Drinks for everyone!
2 1934 Farm families must leave the dust bowl-stricken Great Plains areas. The dust bowl includes areas in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Nevada and Arkansas. Radio picks up the "Okie" songs. In all, 400,000 people leave the Great Plains.
2 1934 Congress passes the Indian Reorganization Act which allows remaining Indian tribes to reorganize.
3 1935 Congress passes the Social Security Act, giving elder Americans Social Security money for the first time.
7 1939 Hollywood releases The Wizard of Oz, one of the first films to be made in color.
11 1943 Japanese Americans are relocated to internment camps; Almost 400,000 coal miners go on strike; Race riots break out in Los Angeles and Detroit.
12 1944 On June 6, Allied forces invade Normandy (referred to as "D-Day")
13 1945 President Roosevelt dies; The United Nations is established; the first atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima.
22 1954 The nationally televised McCarthy hearings lead to Senator Joseph McCarthy's downfall; Segregation by race in schools is declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court; Congress adds the words "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance and requires "In God We Trust" to appear on all American currency.
30 1962 The Cuban missile crisis escalates and Americans prepare for a Nuclear War with Fidel Castro in Cuba.
34 1966 The Black Panther party is founded.
35 1967 Martin Luther King leads an anti Vietnam protest in New York; The American Indian Movement is founded; Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King are assassinated; Three Apollo astronauts are killed in a fire on the launch pad.
39 1971 Charles Manson is found guilt of murder.
40 1972 Break-in at the Democratic headquarters sets of the Watergate Scandal.
41 1973 The Vietnam War peace pacts were signed in Paris and the last of the American forces finally leave Vietnam.
45 1977 Jimmy Carter, a Democrat from GA, is elected president.
49 1981 Ronald Reagan is elected president. He will serve two terms. (Republican)
55 1987 January 24 - approximately 20,000 protesters march through Cummings, Georgia in all White Forsyth County.
55 1987 President Reagan and Soviet leader Gorbachev meet in Washington and sign an agreement calling for the dismantling of all Soviet and US missiles.
57 1989 George Bush is elected president. (Republican)
61 1993 Bill Clinton is elected president. He will serve two terms. (Democrat)
62 1994 O.J. Simpson is chased down by police and later his trial is telecast for the world to watch.
65 1997 A robust economy creates the longest prosperity in U.S. history.
67 1999 United States budget goes into surplus.
6 1938 Hitler annexes Anschluss into Germany. At the Munich Conference, Germany is given a portion of Czechoslovakia.
7 1939 Hitler takes over all of Czechoslovakia. On Sept. 1st, Germany invades Poland. On Sept. 3rd, Great Britain and France declare war on Germany. World War II has begun.
13 1945 World War II ends with a Japanese delegation signing instrument of surrender aboard battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
57 1989 The Berlin Wall falls uniting communist East Germany and capitalistic West Germany
58 1990 Iraq (Sadam Hussein) invades Kuwait causing the U.N. to impose sanctions. This leads to the Gulf War.
60 1992 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is formed.
61 1993 South Africa accepts racial equality.
64 1996 Pope John Paul II affirmed evolution by natural selection
67 1999 Yugoslavia breaks up and Serbia is contained.
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