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John Heonig (1881 - 1968)

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John Heonig
1881 - 1968
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February 27, 1881
Death
October 1968
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Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania 19401
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John Heonig was born on February 27, 1881. He died in October 1968 at age 87. We know that John Heonig had been residing in Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania 19401.
Updated: October 7, 2011
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John Heonig died in October 1968 at 87 years of age. He was born on February 27, 1881. There is no information about John's immediate family. We know that John Heonig had been residing in Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania 19401.
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In 1881, in the year that John Heonig was born, on February 19th, Kansas became the first state to prohibit all alcohol - the prohibition lasted statewide until 1948.

In 1916, at the age of 35 years old, John was alive when visiting nurse Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the U.S. at 46 Amboy St. in Brooklyn New York. Ten days after the clinic opened, Sanger was arrested for "violating laws against giving out birth control information" which was defined as obscenity. The clinic was not handing out birth control - just information about sex and birth control methods. (The Comstock law categorized information about abortion, family planning, and contraception as “obscene”.) The clinics and organizations that Sanger established later evolved into the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

In 1925, he was 44 years old when in July, the Scopes Trial - often called the Scopes Monkey Trial - took place, prosecuting a substitute teacher for teaching evolution in school. Tennessee had enacted a law that said it was "unlawful to teach human evolution in any state-funded school". William Jennings Bryan headed the prosecution and Clarence Darrow headed the defense. The teacher was found guilty and fined $100. An appeal to the Supreme Court of Tennessee upheld the law but overturned the guilty verdict.

In 1939, by the time he was 58 years old, on the 1st of September, Nazi Germany invaded Poland. On September 17th, the Soviet Union invaded Poland as well. Poland expected help from France and the United Kingdom, since they had a pact with both. But no help came. By October 6th, the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany held full control of the previously Polish lands. Eventually, the invasion of Poland lead to World War II.

In 1968, in the year of John Heonig's passing, on June 5th, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles by Sirhan after celebrating his win in the California presidential primary. He died the next day at Good Samaritan Hospital.

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