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Casimer P Klawinski (1912 - 1944)

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Casimer P Klawinski
1912 - 1944
Born
1912
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States
Death
January 17, 1944
Martin, Bennett County, South Dakota, 57551, United States
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Casimer P Klawinski was born in 1912 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. He is the child of Stella Klawinski and Joseph Klawinski, with siblings Chester, Eugenia, Loretta, Alice, Florian, Lucille, Daniel, Henry, Alfred, and Elaine. He died on January 17, 1944 in Martin, South Dakota, United States at 32 years old.
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Enlisted in Kalamazoo Michigan in 1942, Engineer on B17 Flying Fortress
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Casimer P Klawinski passed away on January 17, 1944 in Martin, South Dakota, United States at 32 years of age. He was born in 1912 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. He is the child of Stella Klawinski and Joseph Klawinski, with siblings Chester, Eugenia, Loretta, Alice, Florian, Lucille, Daniel, Henry, Alfred, and Elaine.
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1912 - 1944 World Events

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In 1912, in the year that Casimer P Klawinski was born, in October, former President Theodore Roosevelt was shot, but not killed, while campaigning for another term as President with the newly created Bull Moose (Progressive) Party. John Schrank was a Bavarian-born saloon-keeper from New York who had been stalking Roosevelt when he shot him just before a campaign speech. Shot in the chest (and showing the audience his bloody shirt), Roosevelt went on to give a 55 to 90 minute talk (reports vary on the length) before being treated for the injury. After 8 days in the hospital, Roosevelt went back on the campaign trail.

In 1924, Casimer was just 12 years old when on January 21st, Vladimir Lenin, a leader of the Russian Revolution and the first leader of the Soviet Union died. He had survived two assassination attempts but had subsequent physical problems, suffering 3 strokes. He was in such great pain, it is said that he asked Stalin to poison him. The circumstances of his death are still disputed. He did oppose Stalin as the next leader - nonetheless, Stalin won a power struggle and ruled as a Soviet dictator until his death in 1953.

In 1928, he was 16 years old when Mickie Mouse was born! He first appeared in Disney's Steamboat Willie, along with Minnie. Although they were in two previous shorts, this was the first to be distributed. Steamboat Willie took advantage of the new technology and was a "talkie" - music was coordinated with the animation. It became the most popular cartoon of its day.

In 1937, by the time he was 25 years old, 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 1944, in the year of Casimer P Klawinski's passing, on June 6th, the largest amphibious invasion in history was launched - the Normandy landing (called D-Day). Soldiers from the United States, Britain, Canada, and the Free French landed on Normandy Beach and were later joined by Poland, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Greece, and the Netherlands. Almost 5,000 landing and assault craft, 289 escort vessels, and 277 minesweepers were involved. Nearly 160,000 troops crossed the English Channel on D-Day - Allied casualties on the first day were at least 10,000. 4,414 were confirmed dead.

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