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Charles Geiss (1901 - 1987)

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Charles Geiss
1901 - 1987
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July 26, 1901
Death
March 1987
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Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania 15236
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Charles Geiss was born on July 26, 1901. He died in March 1987 at 85 years of age. We know that Charles Geiss had been residing in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania 15236.
Updated: October 6, 2011
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Charles Geiss died in March 1987 at age 85. He was born on July 26, 1901. There is no information about Charles' immediate family. We know that Charles Geiss had been residing in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania 15236.
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In 1901, in the year that Charles Geiss was born, Teddy Roosevelt became the 26th President of the United States. TR, as he was known, had been Vice-President for 6 months when President William McKinley was assassinated. At age 42, he became the youngest President to serve although John Kennedy, at age 43, was the youngest President elected. He was a popular progressive and was elected to a second term in 1904 as a Republican, winning 56.4% of the popular vote and 336 electoral votes.

In 1930, he was 29 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 1941, when he was 40 years old, on December 7th, the Japanese attacked the military base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The surprise aerial attack damaged 8 U.S. battleships (6 later returned to service), including the USS Arizona, and destroyed 188 aircraft. 2,402 American citizens died and 1,178 wounded were wounded. On December 8th, the U.S. declared war on Japan and on December 11th, Germany and Italy (allies of Japan) declared war on the United States. World War II was in full swing.

In 1978, by the time he was 77 years old, on July 25th, Louise Brown, the first "test-tube baby", was born at Oldham Hospital in London. Louise was conceived through IVF (in vitro fertilization), a controversial and experimental procedure at the time.

In 1987, in the year of Charles Geiss's passing, was the first time that a criminal in the United States - a serial rapist - was convicted through the use of DNA evidence.

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