Joseph Skestemas (1886 - 1971)

Joseph Skestemas
1886 - 1971
updated February 06, 2019
Joseph Skestemas was born on March 19, 1886. He died in March 1971 at age 84. We know that Joseph Skestemas had been residing in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan 49504.

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Joseph Skestemas died in March 1971 at age 84. He was born on March 19, 1886. We are unaware of information about Joseph's surviving family. We know that Joseph Skestemas had been residing in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan 49504.
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In 1886, in the year that Joseph Skestemas was born, on February 14th, the first train left Los Angeles for the East -by the way of the transcontinental railroad - with a cargo of oranges. Due to irrigation and the import of water, Los Angeles was the ideal place to grow oranges - which became a popular addition to Christmas stockings.

In 1911, Joseph was 25 years old when the first use of aircraft as an offensive weapon occurred in the Turkish-Italian War. First used for aerial reconnaissance alone, planes were then used in aerial combat to shoot down recon planes. In World War I, planes and zeppelins evolved for use in bombing.

In 1935, he was 49 years old when on August 14, the Social Security Act was signed into law. The purpose was to "provide federal assistance to those unable to work". The law established the Social Security Administration whose primary focus was to "provide aid for the elderly, the unemployed, and children". The Act survived many Supreme Court challenges and the Administration continues until today.

In 1946, when he was 60 years old, pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock's book "The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care" was published. It sold half a million copies in the first six months. Aside from the Bible, it became the best selling book of the 20th century. A generation of Baby Boomers were raised by the advice of Dr. Spock.

In 1971, in the year of Joseph Skestemas's passing, in March, Congress passed the Twenty-sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which lowered the voting age to 18 (from 21). It was a response to the criticism that men could fight at 18, but not vote for the policies and politicians who sent them to war. The states quickly ratified the Amendment and it was signed into law on July 1st by President Richard Nixon.

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