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Charles Tillman (1893 - 1977)

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Charles Tillman
1893 - 1977
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December 19, 1893
Death
February 1977
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Lake Village, Chicot County, Arkansas 71653
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Charles Tillman was born on December 19, 1893. He died in February 1977 at age 83. We know that Charles Tillman had been residing in Lake Village, Chicot County, Arkansas 71653.
Updated: November 5, 2011
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Charles Tillman passed away in February 1977 at 83 years of age. He was born on December 19, 1893. We have no information about Charles' immediate family. We know that Charles Tillman had been residing in Lake Village, Chicot County, Arkansas 71653.
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In 1893, in the year that Charles Tillman was born, on May 5th, a crash on the New York Stock Exchange started a depression that lasted 4 years. It was the beginning of the Panic of 1893.

In 1906, when he was just 13 years old, 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 1938, at the age of 45 years old, Charles was alive 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 1962, at the age of 69 years old, Charles was alive when on October 1st, African-American James H. Meredith, escorted by federal marshals, registered at the University of Mississippi - becoming the first African-American student admitted to the segregated college. He had been inspired by President Kennedy's inaugural address to apply for admission.

In 1977, in the year of Charles Tillman's passing, on January 21st, President Carter pardoned "draft dodgers" - men who avoided the draft during the Vietnam War. He fulfilled a campaign promise with the pardon. But it only applied to civilian evaders - the estimated 500,000 to 1 million active-duty personnel who went AWOL were not included.

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