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Harold Creed (1897 - 1917)

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Harold Creed
1897 - 1917
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c. 1897
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August 16, 1917
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Harold Creed was born c. 1897. He died on August 16, 1917 at age 20.
Updated: September 30, 2013
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Harold Creed passed away on August 16, 1917 at 20 years of age. He was buried in Tyne Cot Memorial Panel 86 To 88., Belgium. He was born c. 1897. There is no information about Harold's surviving family.
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In 1897, in the year that Harold Creed was born, on September 21st, editor and publisher Francis P. Church responded to a letter to the editor from Virginia O'Hanlon, 8 years old. Virginia's father had told her that "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." So she wrote to the Sun, asking if there was a Santa Claus. Church responded with the now famous editorial "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus".

In 1900, when he was only 3 years old, the U.S. population exceeded 75 million, rising about 13 million from the 1890 census. 87.9% of the population was white, 11.6% was African-American, 0.7% was Hispanic, and 0.5% was Native American, Asian, and other minorities.

In 1901, at the age of merely 4 years old, Harold was alive when Teddy Roosevelt became the 26th President of the United States. TR, as he was known, had been Vice-President for 6 months when President William McKinley was assassinated. At age 42, he became the youngest President to serve although John Kennedy, at age 43, was the youngest President elected. He was a popular progressive and was elected to a second term in 1904 as a Republican, winning 56.4% of the popular vote and 336 electoral votes.

In 1917, in the year of Harold Creed's passing, it is believed that a worldwide influenza pandemic began in Asia. By 1920, it is estimated that 50 - 100 million died throughout the world (3 - 5% of the population). In the U.S. alone, 500,000 perished from what came to be called the Spanish Flu or the 1918 flu.

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