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David "Yechon" Forsman (1899 - 1918)

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David Forsman
1899 - 1918
Born
July 1899
Afognak, Alaska United States 99615
Death
March 7, 1918
El Paso, Texas United States
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Yechon
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David "Yechon" Forsman was born in July 1899 in Afognak, Alaska United States. He is the child of Julius Forsman and Mariia Forsman, with siblings Julia, Irene, Christina, and Bettina. He died on March 7, 1918 in El Paso, Texas United States at 18 years old.
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David "Yechon" Forsman passed away on March 7, 1918 in El Paso, Texas United States at 18 years of age. He was born in July 1899 in Afognak, Alaska United States. He is the child of Julius Forsman and Mariia Forsman, with siblings Julia, Irene, Christina, and Bettina.
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In 1899, in the year that David "Yechon" Forsman was born, on February 4th, the Philippine–American War began. The Philippines objected to the Treaty of Paris, signed in 1898, that transferred possession of the Philippines from Spain to the U.S. Filipinos began a fight for independence and fighting between U.S. forces and those of the Philippine Republic broke out. On June 2nd, the Philippines officially declared war on the United States.

In 1900, at the age of merely 1 year old, David was alive when a massive hurricane, known as the Great Galveston hurricane, hit Galveston Texas. Winds hit up to 145 miles an hour (category 4) and it remains the single most deadly event in U.S. history. Between 6,000 and 12,000 died (most estimates are around 8,000 dead). The population of Galveston at the time was about 36,000 people in 1900.

In 1902, at the age of only 3 years old, David was alive when the world famous Italian tenor, Enrico Caruso, made the first gramophone recording by a popular singer. Accompanied by only a piano, his voice recordings became a big seller and did much to popularize the new-fangled gramophone. He had to sing into a metal "horn" that relayed his voice to a metal disc. And the songs had to be under 4 and a half minutes!

In 1918, in the year of David "Yechon" Forsman's passing, on November 11th, an armistice was signed between the Allies and Germany, ending the fighting on the Western Front in World War I. This meant a complete defeat of Germany although Germany never formally surrendered. It took another six months of negotiations to sign an actual peace treaty between the warring parties.

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