Charles Macon (1889 - 1976)

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Charles Macon
1889 - 1976
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October 31, 1889
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July 1976
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Dallas, Dallas County, Texas 75227
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Charles Macon was born on October 31, 1889. He died in July 1976 at 86 years of age. We know that Charles Macon had been residing in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas 75227.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Charles Macon died in July 1976 at 86 years old. He was born on October 31, 1889. There is no information about Charles's immediate family. We know that Charles Macon had been residing in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas 75227.

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In 1889, in the year that Charles Macon was born, on February 22nd, President Cleveland signed a bill allowing North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Washington to become states. North and South Dakota became the 39th and 40th states on November 2nd, Montana became the 41st state on November 8th, and Washington became the 42nd state on November 11th.

In 1938, Charles was 49 years old when on October 30th, a Sunday, The Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast Orson Welles' special Halloween show The War of the World's. A clever take on H.G. Wells' novel, the show began with simulated "breaking news" of an invasion by Martians. Because of the realistic nature of the "news," there was a public outcry the next day, calling for regulation by the FCC. Although the current story is that many were fooled and panicked, in reality very few people were fooled. But the show made Orson Welles' career.

In 1946, Charles was 57 years old when on July 4th, the Philippines gained independence from the United States. In 1964, Independence Day in the Philippines was moved from July 4th to June 12th at the insistence of nationalists and historians.

In 1955, by the time he was 66 years old, on September 30th, movie star James Dean, 24, died in a car accident. He was headed in his new Porsche 550 to a race in Salinas California when, traveling at 85 mph, he collided with a 1950 Ford Tudor, also speeding, driven by a 23 year old college student. Dean died, his passenger and the other driver survived.

In 1976, in the year of Charles Macon'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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