John George Kantis (1921 - 2006)

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John George Kantis
1921 - 2006
August 20, 1921
February 25, 2006
Last Known Residence
Texarkana, Bowie County, Texas 75501
John George Kantis of Texarkana, Bowie County, Texas was born on August 20, 1921, and died at age 84 years old on February 25, 2006.
Updated: November 24, 2022
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Texarkana, Bowie County, Texas 75501
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Born in Boston Massachusetts as his parents moved here from Greece John was only second generation in the Americas.


Is John was very poor growing up the whole family had to work his first job is when he was 8 years old he was a hot peanut vendor on the streets of Boston. John was also a waiter and a busboy and became a Navy man and then worked in the oil fields of Texas while he worked and paid his way through medical school becoming an M. D. G. P. But he never stopped learning he thirsted for knowledge and helping people he was always learning something new. All trades and mastered them all but his passion was life and making it better.


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John Kantis passed away at age 84 years old on February 25, 2006. John George Kantis of Texarkana, Bowie County, Texas was born on August 20, 1921.

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John George Kantis lived 12 years longer than the average Kantis family member when he died at the age of 84.
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In 1921, in the year that John George Kantis was born, the silent film The Sheik, directed by George Melford and starring Rudolph Valentino and Agnes Ayres (also featuring Adolphe Menjou) debuted on October 21st. Critics weren't enthusiastic but the public loved it - in the first few weeks 125,000 people had seen the movie - and it eventually exceeded $1 million in ticket sales. And Rudolph Valentino, an Italian American, became the heartthrob of a female generation.

In 1931, John was merely 10 years old when on May 1st, the Empire State Building opened in New York City. At 1,454 feet (including the roof and antenna), it was the tallest building in the world until the World Trade Center's North Tower was built in 1970. (It is now the 34th tallest.) Opening at the beginning of the Great Depression, most of the offices in the Empire State Building remained unoccupied for years and the observation deck was an equal source of revenue and kept the building profitable.

In 1941, at the age of 20 years old, John was alive when on June 25th, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 8802, prohibiting racial discrimination in the defense industry. EO 8802 was the first federal action to prohibit employment discrimination - without prejudice as to "race, creed, color, or national origin" - in the U.S. Civil Rights groups had planned a march on Washington D.C. to protest for equal rights but with the signing of the Order, they canceled the March.

In 1957, when he was 36 years old, on September 24th, the "Little Rock Nine" (nine African-American students) entered Little Rock High School. Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus had previously prevented the students from entering the school at the beginning of the term with the Arkansas National Guard - they blocked the door. President Eisenhower ordered federal troops - the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army - to guard the students and allow them entry.

In 1994, by the time he was 73 years old, on May 6th, the Channel Tunnel or "Chunnel" was officially opened. The Chunnel is a railway tunnel beneath the English Channel that connects Great Britain to mainland France. Original plans for such a tunnel were developed in 1802 and approved by Napoleon Bonaparte but the British rejected the plan fearing that Napoleon would use the railway to invade.

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