William Bill Sperling

29 June 1916–5 April 1985 (Age 68)
Canada (German-Russian)

The Life of William Bill

William Bill Sperling was born on 29 June 1916 as the son of Mislovitch. He died on 5 April 1985, in Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 68.

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William Bill Sperling

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World Events (3)


Age 1

U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.
1917 · Joining the First World War

Age 1

Starting with the sinking of the RMS Lusitania, which killed 128 American citizens, and many other conflicts with trade from Germany. Congress held a special meeting that resulted in The United States declaring war on Germany. Formally entering the First World War.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 18

Alcatraz Island officially became Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on August 11, 1934. The island is situated in the middle of frigid water and strong currents of the San Francisco Bay, which deemed it virtually inescapable. Alcatraz became known as the toughest prison in America and was seen as a “last resort prison.” Therefore, Alcatraz housed some of America’s most notorious prisoners such as Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud. Due to the exorbitant cost of running the prison, and the deterioration of the buildings due to salt spray, Alcatraz Island closed as a penitentiary on March 21, 1963. 

Name Meaning

1 English and German: nickname from a diminutive of Middle English sparewe, Middle High German spar(e) ‘sparrow’.2 Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Sperling ‘sparrow’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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  • Legacy NFS Source: William Bill Sperling - Government record: birth-name: William Bill Sperling
  • Legacy NFS Source: William Bill Sperling - Individual or family possessions: birth: 29 June 1916;
  • Legacy NFS Source: William Bill Sperling - Government record: Death record or certificate: death: 5 April 1985; Los Angeles, California, United States

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