Harley Martin Rhodes (1888 - 1972)

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Harley Martin Rhodes
1888 - 1972
September 3, 1888
September 1972
Last Known Residence
Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas 67203
Harley Martin Rhodes of Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas was born on September 3, 1888, and died at age 84 years old in September 1972.
Updated: June 20, 2016
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Harley Rhodes passed away at age 84 years old in September 1972. Harley Martin Rhodes of Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas was born on September 3, 1888.

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Harley Martin Rhodes lived 12 years longer than the average Rhodes family member when he died at the age of 83.
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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 1911, at the age of 23 years old, Harley was alive when the Triangle Shirtwaist fire occurred, one of the deadliest industrial disasters in U.S. history. 146 workers (123 women and 23 men, many of them recent Jewish and Italian immigrants) died from the fire or by jumping to escape the fire and smoke. The garment factory was on the 8th, 9th, and 10th floors of a building in Greenwich Village in Manhattan. Doors to stairwells and exits had been locked in order to prevent workers from taking unauthorized breaks and to prevent theft, so they couldn't escape by normal means when the fire broke out. Due to the disaster, legislation was passed to protect sweatshop workers.

In 1923, Harley was 35 years old when on August 2nd, Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as the 30th President of the United States due to the sudden death of Warren G. Harding. After the scandals of the Harding presidency, Coolidge restored public confidence and was very popular. He won the Presidential election in 1924 but declined to run again in 1928.

In 1963, by the time he was 75 years old, on November 22nd, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson became the 36th President of the United States when President John Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas, Texas. Johnson was sworn in on the plane carrying Kennedy's body back to Washington D.C.

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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