George Wike (1904 - 1985)

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Lebanon, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania

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1904 - In the year that George Wike 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.

1918 - He was only 14 years old when in January, President Wilson presented his Fourteen Points, which assured citizens that World War I was being fought for a moral cause and outlined a plan for postwar peace in Europe. The only leader of the Allies to present such a plan, the Europeans thought Wilson was being too idealistic. The points included free trade, open agreements, democracy and self-determination. They were based on the research and suggestions of 150 advisors.

1945 - At the age of 41 years old, George was alive when on May 8th, World War II in Europe ended when Germany surrendered. Hitler had committed suicide a week before.

1958 - At the age of 54 years old, George was alive when on January 31st, Explorer I, the United States' answer to Sputnik I (and 2,) was launched. America had entered the Space Race. The first spacecraft to detect the Van Allen radiation belt, it remained in orbit until 1970.

1985 - In the year of George Wike's passing, in May, a paper published in Nature by three British scientists reported that a huge hole was discovered in the ozone layer over the Antarctic. It was much larger than expected and is due to the use of manmade chemicals.

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George Wike died in April 1985 at 80 years old. No cause of death has been entered for George. He was born on December 30, 1904. There is no information about George's surviving family. We know that George Wike had been residing in Lebanon, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania.

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