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Charles Rufenacht (1956 - 1978)

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Charles Rufenacht
1956 - 1978
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March 14, 1956
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October 1978
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Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio 43609
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Charles Rufenacht was born on March 14, 1956. He died in October 1978 at age 22. We know that Charles Rufenacht had been residing in Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio 43609.
Updated: October 8, 2011
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Charles Rufenacht passed away in October 1978 at 22 years of age. He was born on March 14, 1956. There is no information about Charles' immediate family. We know that Charles Rufenacht had been residing in Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio 43609.
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In 1956, in the year that Charles Rufenacht was born, on May 20th, the U.S. tested the first hydrogen bomb dropped from a plane over Bikini Atoll. Previously, hydrogen bombs had only been tested on the ground. The Atomic Age moved forward.

In 1960, he was merely 4 years old when on May 1st, an American CIA U-2 spy plane, piloted by Francis Gary Powers, was shot down by a surface-to-air missile over the Soviet Union. Powers ejected and survived but was captured. The U.S. claimed that the U-2 was a "weather plane" but Powers was convicted in the Soviet Union of espionage. He was released in 1962 after 1 year, 9 months and 10 days in prison.

In 1962, he was only 6 years old when on February 20th, Lt. Col. John H. Glenn, Jr. became the first American to orbit the Earth. The Friendship 7 flew three times around the earth in 4 hours and 55 minutes. At age 77, Glenn returned to space - the oldest person to fly in space.

In 1978, in the year of Charles Rufenacht's passing, 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.

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