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Kathryn Johanna Skarke (1930 - 2010)

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Kathryn Johanna Skarke
1930 - 2010
Born
January 13, 1930
Death
January 9, 2010
Last Known Residence
Floresville, Wilson County, Texas 78114
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Kathryn Johanna Skarke was born on January 13, 1930. She died on January 9, 2010 at age 79. We know that Kathryn Johanna Skarke had been residing in Floresville, Wilson County, Texas 78114.
Updated: November 8, 2011
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Kathryn Johanna Skarke died on January 9, 2010 at age 79. She was born on January 13, 1930. There is no information about Kathryn's immediate family. We know that Kathryn Johanna Skarke had been residing in Floresville, Wilson County, Texas 78114.
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In 1930, in the year that Kathryn Johanna Skarke was born, as head of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, William Hays established a code of decency that outlined what was acceptable in films. The public - and government - had felt that films in the '20's had become increasingly risque and that the behavior of its stars was becoming scandalous. Laws were being passed. In response, the heads of the movie studios adopted a voluntary "code", hoping to head off legislation. The first part of the code prohibited "lowering the moral standards of those who see it", called for depictions of the "correct standards of life", and forbade a picture from showing any sort of ridicule towards a law or "creating sympathy for its violation". The second part dealt with particular behavior in film such as homosexuality, the use of specific curse words, and miscegenation.

In 1942, Kathryn was just 12 years old when on November 28th at 10:15p, a nightclub in Boston, the Cocoanut Grove, caught fire. The origins of the fire are unknown but it killed 492 people - the deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history. Hundreds more were injured. The disaster was so shocking that it replaced World War II in the headlines and lead to reforms in safety standards and codes.

In 1958, Kathryn was 28 years old when on March 24th, Elvis Presley was inducted into the United States Army. Although he could have served in Special Services as an entertainer, he chose to become a regular soldier. Almost everyone thought it would be the end of his career - it wasn't.

In 1968, by the time she was 38 years old, on April 4th, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights leader, was shot and killed by an assassin in Memphis. James Earl Ray was apprehended and plead guilty to shooting Dr. King. Ray died in jail in 1998.

In 1977, Kathryn was 47 years old when on May 25th, Star Wars premiered in theaters. Eventually, it became the highest-grossing film of all time - until E.T. surpassed it a few years later. It was an immediate hit with theatergoers.

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