Leon Masquelier (1899 - 1980)

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Leon Masquelier
1899 - 1980
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April 7, 1899
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November 1980
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Sullivan, Moultrie County, Illinois 61951
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Leon Masquelier was born on April 7, 1899. He died in November 1980 at 81 years old. We know that Leon Masquelier had been residing in Sullivan, Moultrie County, Illinois 61951.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Leon Masquelier died in November 1980 at 81 years of age. He was born on April 7, 1899. We are unaware of information about Leon's surviving family. We know that Leon Masquelier had been residing in Sullivan, Moultrie County, Illinois 61951.

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In 1899, in the year that Leon Masquelier was born, the meaning of Chinese "oracle bones" was rediscovered. Farmers in China had been turning up the bones in their fields for generations but most often they were ground up and sold as medicine. The chancellor of the Imperial Academy and a friend noticed, before they ground the bones, that they had writing. The bones had been used around the second millennium BC for divination.

In 1905, at the age of just 6 years old, Leon was alive when the first movie theater opened in the United States in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was the first theater to show nothing but movies - silent films. Two men, John P. Harris and his brother-in-law Harry Davis, opened the Nickelodeon on Smithfield Street - charging 5 cents for admission. The first day, 450 people watched movies at the new theater - on the second day, more than 1500 people stood in line to get in.

In 1957, at the age of 58 years old, Leon was alive when on October 4th, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the first man made earth-orbiting satellite - and triggered the Space Race. Sputnik I was only 23 inches in diameter and had no tracking equipment, only 4 antennas, but it had a big impact.

In 1979, when he was 80 years old, on March 28th, a partial nuclear meltdown occurred at the power plant at Three Mile Island Pennsylvania. Radiation leaked into the environment, resulting in a rating of 5 on a scale of 7 ("Accident With Wider Consequences") . It ended up costing $1 billion to clean up the site.

In 1980, in the year of Leon Masquelier's passing, on December 8th, ex-Beatle John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman in front of his home - the Dakota - in New York City. Chapman was found guilty of murder and still remains in jail.

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