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Mckinley Harris (1891 - 1978)

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Mckinley Harris
1891 - 1978
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October 18, 1891
Death
February 1978
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Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee 38107
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Mckinley Harris was born on October 18, 1891. He died in February 1978 at 86 years old. We know that Mckinley Harris had been residing in Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee 38107.
Updated: November 5, 2011
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Mckinley Harris died in February 1978 at 86 years old. He was born on October 18, 1891. We have no information about Mckinley's family. We know that Mckinley Harris had been residing in Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee 38107.
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In 1891, in the year that Mckinley Harris was born, James Naismith, at the Springfield Massachusetts YMCA, invented the game of basketball. Originally using two peach baskets and a soccer ball, he created the game to keep his students active during the long, harsh New England winters.

In 1910, Mckinley was 19 years old when Angel Island, which is in San Francisco Bay, became the immigration center for Asians entering U.S. It was often referred to as "The Ellis Island of the West". Due to restrictive laws against Chinese immigration, many immigrants spent years on the island.

In 1936, by the time he was 45 years old, on November 2nd, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) debuted the world's first regular high-definition television service. The channel had a short schedule - Monday through Saturday, 3:00p to 4:00p and 9:00p to 10:00p. The first broadcast was "Opening of the BBC Television Service".

In 1965, Mckinley was 74 years old when the television show "I Spy" premiered in the fall season on NBC. The stars were Bill Cosby and Robert Culp, making Cosby the first African American to headline a television show. Four stations - in Georgia, Florida, and Alabama - refused to air the show.

In 1978, in the year of Mckinley Harris's passing, on November 18th, Jim Jones's Peoples Temple followers committed mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana - where they had moved, from San Francisco, as a group. Jones was the leader of the cult and ordered his followers to drink cyanide-laced punch, which they did. Whole families (women and children included) died - more than 900 people in all.

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