Chester Shimp

(1891 - 1969)

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Chester Shimp
1891 - 1969
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August 6, 1891
Death
January 1969
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Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina 28401
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Chester Shimp was born on August 6, 1891. He died in January 1969 at age 77. We know that Chester Shimp had been residing in Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina 28401.
Updated: February 06, 2019
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Chester Shimp passed away in January 1969 at age 77. He was born on August 6, 1891. We are unaware of information about Chester's family. We know that Chester Shimp had been residing in Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina 28401.

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In 1891, in the year that Chester Shimp was born, James Naismith, at the Springfield Massachusetts YMCA, invented the game of basketball. Originally using two peach baskets and a soccer ball, he created the game to keep his students active during the long, harsh New England winters.

In 1908, he was 17 years old when the Federal Bureau of Investigation was established as the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States; it simultaneously served as the nation's prime federal law enforcement agency. Stanley Finch was the first Chief (now called Director).

In 1916, by the time he was 25 years old, suffragette Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman elected to the House of Representatives as a Representative at large from Montana. She was the first woman to hold an elected Federal office. Holding the office for two years, she ran again in 1940 and served another two year term. Montana had granted women unrestricted voting rights in 1914, 6 years before women got the vote nationally.

In 1942, when he was 51 years old, on November 28th at 10:15p, a nightclub in Boston, the Cocoanut Grove, caught fire. The origins of the fire are unknown but it killed 492 people - the deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history. Hundreds more were injured. The disaster was so shocking that it replaced World War II in the headlines and lead to reforms in safety standards and codes.

In 1969, in the year of Chester Shimp's passing, in August, a previously planned small concert turned into a (free) more than 400,000 strong gathering of attendees and bands at Max Yasgur's farm in upstate New York - now called Woodstock. Just some of the 32 acts: Richie Havens, Joe Cocker, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Joan Baez, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe, Santana, The Band, and Sly and the Family Stone.

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