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Edwin C Vantrease (1923 - 1993)

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Edwin C Vantrease
1923 - 1993
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February 4, 1923
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July 29, 1993
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West Frankfort, Franklin County, Illinois 62896
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Edwin C Vantrease was born on February 4, 1923. He died on July 29, 1993 at 70 years of age. We know that Edwin C Vantrease had been residing in West Frankfort, Franklin County, Illinois 62896.
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Edwin C Vantrease died on July 29, 1993 at 70 years old. He was born on February 4, 1923. We have no information about Edwin's immediate family. We know that Edwin C Vantrease had been residing in West Frankfort, Franklin County, Illinois 62896.
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In 1923, in the year that Edwin C Vantrease was born, Harlem's Cotton Club opened in New York City. Owned by a bootlegger and gangster, it was a 700 seat speakeasy that catered to a "white only" clientele. But most of the entertainers were African-American and featured some of the best entertainers of the time such as Lena Horne, the Nicholas Brothers, Ethel Waters, and Cab Calloway.

In 1931, he was merely 8 years old when 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 1978, Edwin was 55 years old when 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.

In 1981, he was 58 years old when on August 1st, MTV debuted. It was the first music video TV channel. The first music video played was the Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" - the second was Pat Benatar's "You Better Run".

In 1993, in the year of Edwin C Vantrease's passing, on February 26th, a truck bomb exploded in the garage under the North Tower of the World Trade Center. While the bomb didn't do what was planned (collapse the North Tower into the South Tower), it did kill six people and injured thousands of people.

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