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Kenneth R Summitt (1916 - 1994)

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Kenneth R Summitt
1916 - 1994
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February 29, 1916
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October 29, 1994
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Muscatine, Muscatine County, Iowa 52761
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Kenneth R Summitt was born on February 29, 1916. He died on October 29, 1994 at age 78. We know that Kenneth R Summitt had been residing in Muscatine, Muscatine County, Iowa 52761.
Updated: November 8, 2011
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Kenneth R Summitt died on October 29, 1994 at 78 years old. He was born on February 29, 1916. We have no information about Kenneth's family or relationships. We know that Kenneth R Summitt had been residing in Muscatine, Muscatine County, Iowa 52761.
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In 1916, in the year that Kenneth R Summitt was born, 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 1931, he was only 15 years old when in March, “The Star Spangled Banner” officially became the national anthem by congressional resolution. Other songs had previously been used - among them, "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", "God Bless America", and "America the Beautiful". There was fierce debate about making "The Star Spangled Banner" the national anthem - Southerners and veterans organizations supported it, pacifists and educators opposed it.

In 1945, at the age of 29 years old, Kenneth was alive when on May 8th, World War II in Europe ended when Germany surrendered. Hitler had committed suicide a week before.

In 1955, by the time he was 39 years old, on September 10th the TV show "Gunsmoke" debuted on CBS. It went on to be television's longest-running western. Matt Dillon, Chester, Doc Adams, and Miss Kitty became household names.

In 1994, in the year of Kenneth R Summitt's passing, 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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