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Charles Skaggs (1906 - 1989)

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Charles Skaggs
1906 - 1989
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July 3, 1906
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February 10, 1989
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Pekin, Tazewell County, Illinois 61554
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Charles Skaggs was born on July 3, 1906. He died on February 10, 1989 at 82 years of age. We know that Charles Skaggs had been residing in Pekin, Tazewell County, Illinois 61554.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Charles Skaggs passed away on February 10, 1989 at 82 years of age. He was born on July 3, 1906. We are unaware of information about Charles' immediate family. We know that Charles Skaggs had been residing in Pekin, Tazewell County, Illinois 61554.
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In 1906, in the year that Charles Skaggs was born, English biochemist Frederick Hopkins concluded that vitamins are essential to the human body and that a lack of vitamins caused scurvy and rickets. Scurvy and rickets were both huge problems in sailors that were at sea for extended time and the addition of vitamin C, vitamin D, and calcium in their diets helped eradicate the problem.

In 1917, at the age of only 11 years old, Charles was alive when Dutch exotic dancer Mata Hari was convicted and executed as a German spy. Since Mata Hari, born Margaretha Geertruida "Margreet" MacLeod, was a citizen of the Netherlands (which remained neutral in World War 1), she could travel freely in Europe. Her travels (and her romantic entanglements) raised suspicion and she was arrested by the French and found guilty. There is still controversy about her guilt although her name has become synonymous with a seductive female spy.

In 1931, when he was 25 years old, in March, “The Star Spangled Banner” officially became the national anthem by congressional resolution. Other songs had previously been used - among them, "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", "God Bless America", and "America the Beautiful". There was fierce debate about making "The Star Spangled Banner" the national anthem - Southerners and veterans organizations supported it, pacifists and educators opposed it.

In 1965, at the age of 59 years old, Charles was alive when on March 8th, the first US combat troops arrived in Vietnam. The 3500 Marines joined 23,000 "advisors" already in South Vietnam. By the end of the year, 190,000 American soldiers were in the country.

In 1989, in the year of Charles Skaggs's passing, on November 9th, the Berlin Wall fell. The Wall was built by the East Germans to keep East Berliners from escaping into West Berlin, separating families and friends. When the head of the East German Communist Party announced that day that East Berliners could cross whenever they pleased, happy crowds surged across the border. People brought tools and took parts of the hated wall.

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