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Harley Martin Rhodes (1888 - 1972)

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Harley Martin Rhodes
1888 - 1972
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September 3, 1888
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September 1972
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Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas 67203
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Harley Martin Rhodes was born on September 3, 1888. He died in September 1972 at 83 years of age. We know that Harley Martin Rhodes had been residing in Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas 67203.
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Harley Martin Rhodes died in September 1972 at 83 years old. He was born on September 3, 1888. We are unaware of information about Harley's immediate family. We know that Harley Martin Rhodes had been residing in Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas 67203.
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1888 - 1972 World Events

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In 1888, in the year that Harley Martin Rhodes was born, on July 25th, a court stenographer from Salt Lake City - Frank Edward McGurrin - decisively beat the competition in a typing contest in Ohio. He was supposedly the only person who used touch typing and is believed to have invented the method. Touch typing is ubiquitous now - but Frank's win is what convinced everyone that the method was good!

In 1909, at the age of 21 years old, Harley was alive when explorer Robert Peary, a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, claimed to have been the first to have reached the geographic North Pole. His claim has been disputed for over a century - some say that he ended up 60 miles from the North Pole. Peary was the only navigator on his team and he didn't submit his records for public review.

In 1911, at the age of 23 years old, Harley was alive when the United States Supreme Court broke up Standard Oil in May. John D. Rockefeller established Standard Oil in 1870 and it was the largest oil refinery at the time. The Supreme Court found that Standard Oil of New Jersey (one of the many iterations of Standard Oil) was guilty of "monopolizing the petroleum industry through a series of abusive and anticompetitive actions". The Court broke up the several entities that comprised Standard Oil and they eventually became competing firms.

In 1943, at the age of 55 years old, Harley was alive when on June 20th through June 22nd, the Detroit Race Riot erupted at Belle Isle Park. The rioting spread throughout the city (made worse by false rumors of attacks on blacks and whites) and resulted in the deployment of 6,000 Federal troops. 34 people were killed, (25 of them black) - mostly by white police or National Guardsmen, 433 were wounded (75 percent of them black) and an estimated $2 million of property was destroyed. The same summer, there were riots in Beaumont, Texas and Harlem, New York.

In 1972, in the year of Harley Martin Rhodes's passing, on September 5th, the Palestinian terrorist group Black September, with the assistance of German neo-nazis, kidnapped and killed 11 Israeli athletes at the Olympic Games in Munich. The attackers crept into the Olympic Village and abducted the athletes while they were sleeping. A German policeman was also killed.

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