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Chalmers Johnston (1888 - 1976)

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Chalmers Johnston
1888 - 1976
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July 24, 1888
Death
February 1976
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Akron, Summit County, Ohio 44312
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Chalmers Johnston was born on July 24, 1888. Chalmers died in February 1976 at 87 years old. We know that Chalmers Johnston had been residing in Akron, Summit County, Ohio 44312.
Updated: October 8, 2011
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Chalmers Johnston died in February 1976 at 87 years old. Chalmers was born on July 24, 1888. There is no information about Chalmers' family. We know that Chalmers Johnston had been residing in Akron, Summit County, Ohio 44312.
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In 1888, in the year that Chalmers Johnston was born, on July 25th, a court stenographer from Salt Lake City - Frank Edward McGurrin - decisively beat the competition in a typing contest in Ohio. He was supposedly the only person who used touch typing and is believed to have invented the method. Touch typing is ubiquitous now - but Frank's win is what convinced everyone that the method was good!

In 1896, at the age of only 8 years old, Chalmers was alive when in April, the first study on global warming due to CO2 - carbon dioxide - in the atmosphere was published by Swedish scientist Svante Arrhenius. Arrhenius concluded that human activity due to the Industrial Revolution would amplify CO2 in the atmosphere, causing a greenhouse effect. His conclusions have been extensively tested in the ensuing 100+ years and are still seen to hold true.

In 1908, when this person was 20 years old, unemployment in the U.S. was at 8.0% and the cost of a first-class stamp was 2 cents while the population in the United States was 88,710,000. The world population was almost 4.4 billion.

In 1930, this person was 42 years old when as head of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, William Hays established a code of decency that outlined what was acceptable in films. The public - and government - had felt that films in the '20's had become increasingly risque and that the behavior of its stars was becoming scandalous. Laws were being passed. In response, the heads of the movie studios adopted a voluntary "code", hoping to head off legislation. The first part of the code prohibited "lowering the moral standards of those who see it", called for depictions of the "correct standards of life", and forbade a picture from showing any sort of ridicule towards a law or "creating sympathy for its violation". The second part dealt with particular behavior in film such as homosexuality, the use of specific curse words, and miscegenation.

In 1976, in the year of Chalmers Johnston's passing, on August 4th, a mysterious illness struck an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Within a week, 25 people had died and 130 people had been hospitalized. It was the first known instance of what came to be called "Legionnaires Disease."

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