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Charles Blankenbeker (1910 - 1980)

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Charles Blankenbeker
1910 - 1980
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September 9, 1910
Death
November 1980
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Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana 47304
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Charles Blankenbeker was born on September 9, 1910. He died in November 1980 at age 70. We know that Charles Blankenbeker had been residing in Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana 47304.
Updated: October 7, 2011
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Charles Blankenbeker passed away in November 1980 at 70 years old. He was born on September 9, 1910. There is no information about Charles' immediate family. We know that Charles Blankenbeker had been residing in Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana 47304.
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In 1910, in the year that Charles Blankenbeker was born, Angel Island, which is in San Francisco Bay, became the immigration center for Asians entering U.S. It was often referred to as "The Ellis Island of the West". Due to restrictive laws against Chinese immigration, many immigrants spent years on the island.

In 1921, he was merely 11 years old when on March 4, Warren G. Harding became President. Previously a U.S. Senator, Lieutenant Governor, and Ohio State Senator, Harding was a popular President. But many scandals plagued his short administration (he died in office after 2 and a half years), including the revelations of one of his mistresses and the Teapot Dome scandal. Historically, Harding is rated as one of the worst Presidents.

In 1947, Charles was 37 years old when on November 25th, the Hollywood "Black List" was created by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). Ten Hollywood writers and directors had refused to testify to the Committee regarding "Communists" or "Reds" in the movie industry. The next day, the blacklist was created and they were fired.

In 1978, by the time he was 68 years old, on November 18th, Jim Jones's Peoples Temple followers committed mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana - where they had moved, from San Francisco, as a group. Jones was the leader of the cult and ordered his followers to drink cyanide-laced punch, which they did. Whole families (women and children included) died - more than 900 people in all.

In 1980, in the year of Charles Blankenbeker's passing, on April 24th, a rescue attempt was begun in the Iranian Hostage Crisis. The attempt failed and 8 US servicemen were killed. Eight helicopters had been sent for the mission, but only 5 arrived in operating condition., Since the military had advised that the mission be aborted if there were fewer than 6 helicopters, President Carter stopped it. Upon leaving, a helicopter collided with a transport plane and the men were killed.

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