Grace D Wilkening (1908 - 1998)

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Grace D Wilkening
1908 - 1998
July 14, 1908
August 7, 1998
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Avon Lake, Lorain County, Ohio 44012
Grace D Wilkening was born on July 14, 1908. She died on August 7, 1998 at 90 years old. We know that Grace D Wilkening had been residing in Avon Lake, Lorain County, Ohio 44012.
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Grace D Wilkening passed away on August 7, 1998 at age 90. She was born on July 14, 1908. There is no information about Grace's surviving family. We know that Grace D Wilkening had been residing in Avon Lake, Lorain County, Ohio 44012.

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In 1908, in the year that Grace D Wilkening was born, Henry Ford developed the first Model T automobile, often called the Tin Lizzy or flivver. Produced from 1908 through 1927, it first sold for $850 - which made it affordable for every middle class family. Previously, cars were the province of the upper class and the introduction of the Model T and its availability changed U.S. culture. Within days of its release, over 15,000 cars had been ordered.

In 1919, at the age of just 11 years old, Grace was alive when in June, the Treaty of Versailles - officially ending World War I - was signed. The European Allies demanded "compensation by Germany for all damage done to the civilian population of the Allies and their property by the aggression of Germany by land, by sea and from the air.” The requirement of compensation is seen by most as the reason for the collapse of the German economy and gave rise to the rule of Hitler.

In 1921, at the age of just 13 years old, Grace was alive when on March 4, Warren G. Harding became President. Previously a U.S. Senator, Lieutenant Governor, and Ohio State Senator, Harding was a popular President. But many scandals plagued his short administration (he died in office after 2 and a half years), including the revelations of one of his mistresses and the Teapot Dome scandal. Historically, Harding is rated as one of the worst Presidents.

In 1957, at the age of 49 years old, Grace was alive when on October 4th, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the first man made earth-orbiting satellite - and triggered the Space Race. Sputnik I was only 23 inches in diameter and had no tracking equipment, only 4 antennas, but it had a big impact.

In 1998, in the year of Grace D Wilkening's passing, on December 19th, the movie Titanic - based on the 1912 sinking of the ship and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet - was released. Winning 11 Oscars, it was the first film to gross over a billion dollars and eventually grossed over $2 billion.

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