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Everett Lewis Blankenbeker (1904 - 2004)

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Everett L Blankenbeker
1904 - 2004
Born
October 2, 1904
Death
July 1, 2004
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North Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas 72116
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Everett Lewis Blankenbeker was born on October 2, 1904. He died on July 1, 2004 at 99 years old. We know that Everett Lewis Blankenbeker had been residing in North Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas 72116.
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EVERETT LEWIS BLANKENBEKER, 99, of North Little Rock passed away Thursday, July 1, 2004. He was born Oct. 2, 1904, in Buffalo, Kan., to Alvin and Emma Pavey Blankenbeker. Everett was a graduate of the class of 1927 from Kansas State University. He worked as an electrical engineer in the Pittsburg area and lived the last 10 years at Parkstone Place and really enjoyed it there. He is survived by his son, Richard C. Blankenbeker; daughter, Janet Mickey; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret E. Blankenbeker in 1979. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice, 5600 West 12 St., Little Rock, Ark., 72204. A Memorial Service will be held in August. Arrangements by Cremation Association of Arkansas, 1921 Main St., 753-3200, online obituary and guest register at www.northlittlerockfuneralhome.com.
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In 1904, in the year that Everett Lewis Blankenbeker was born, the United States acquired the Panama Canal Zone. Now an unincorporated territory of the U.S., the Canal Zone had been previously held by the French, who were constructing a canal. The U.S. took over the construction of the Panama Canal and it was finally finished in 1914, when it was opened to commercial shipping. The United States held the Canal Zone until 1979.

In 1927, he was 23 years old when in September, the Columbia Broadcasting System (later called CBS) became the second national radio network in the U.S. The first broadcast was a presentation by the Howard Barlow Orchestra from radio station WOR in Newark, New Jersey.

In 1944, when he was 40 years old, on June 6th, the largest amphibious invasion in history was launched - the Normandy landing (called D-Day). Soldiers from the United States, Britain, Canada, and the Free French landed on Normandy Beach and were later joined by Poland, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Greece, and the Netherlands. Almost 5,000 landing and assault craft, 289 escort vessels, and 277 minesweepers were involved. Nearly 160,000 troops crossed the English Channel on D-Day - Allied casualties on the first day were at least 10,000. 4,414 were confirmed dead.

In 1955, at the age of 51 years old, Everett was alive when on September 30th, movie star James Dean, 24, died in a car accident. He was headed in his new Porsche 550 to a race in Salinas California when, traveling at 85 mph, he collided with a 1950 Ford Tudor, also speeding, driven by a 23 year old college student. Dean died, his passenger and the other driver survived.

In 1977, by the time he was 73 years old, on May 25th, Star Wars premiered in theaters. Eventually, it became the highest-grossing film of all time - until E.T. surpassed it a few years later. It was an immediate hit with theatergoers.

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