Gustav Beckmann (1890 - 1978)

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Gustav Beckmann
1890 - 1978
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April 23, 1890
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August 1978
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Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16511
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Gustav Beckmann was born on April 23, 1890. He died in August 1978 at 88 years old. We know that Gustav Beckmann had been residing in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16511.
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Gustav Beckmann died in August 1978 at age 88. He was born on April 23, 1890. We have no information about Gustav's family. We know that Gustav Beckmann had been residing in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16511.

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In 1890, in the year that Gustav Beckmann was born, on October 9th, in Satory, France, the first fixed-wing, steam powered aircraft flew. "Ader Éole" flew, uncontrolled, for about 160 ft. at a height of just under 8 inches off the ground.

In 1918, at the age of 28 years old, Gustav was alive when 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.

In 1927, Gustav was 37 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 1935, when he was 45 years old, the BOI's name (the Bureau of Investigation) was changed to the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and it officially became a separate agency with the Department of Justice. J. Edgar Hoover, the Chief of the BOI, continued in his office and became the first Director of the FBI. The FBI's responsibility is to "detect and prosecute crimes against the United States".

In 1978, in the year of Gustav Beckmann's passing, 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.

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