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Melvin Hartenstine (1909 - 1979)

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Melvin Hartenstine
1909 - 1979
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May 19, 1909
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March 1979
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Perryville, Cecil County, Maryland 21903
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Melvin Hartenstine was born on May 19, 1909. He died in March 1979 at age 69. We know that Melvin Hartenstine had been residing in Perryville, Cecil County, Maryland 21903.
Updated: October 7, 2011
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Melvin Hartenstine passed away in March 1979 at 69 years old. He was born on May 19, 1909. There is no information about Melvin's surviving family. We know that Melvin Hartenstine had been residing in Perryville, Cecil County, Maryland 21903.
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In 1909, in the year that Melvin Hartenstine was born, the NAACP was founded by W. E. B. Du Bois. The organization focused on legal strategies designed to confront the critical civil rights issues of the day - which included lynching and segregation in schools. The goal was to secure for all people the rights guaranteed in the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the United States Constitution.

In 1915, by the time he was merely 6 years old, in April, the Ottoman Empire rounded up, arrested, and deported 235 to 270 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Turkey. As their actions continued through the next several years, an estimated 600,000 to 1 million Armenians were killed by Turkish soldiers.

In 1937, at the age of 28 years old, Melvin was alive when on May 6th, the German zeppelin the Hindenburg caught fire and blew up. The Hindenburg was a passenger ship traveling to Frankfurt Germany. It tried to dock in New Jersey, one of the stops, and something went wrong - it blew up. Thirty-six people were killed out of the 97 on board - 13 passengers, 22 crewmen, and one ground worker. The reasons for the explosion are still disputed.

In 1954, Melvin was 45 years old when on May 17th, the Supreme Court released a decision on Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. The ruling stated that state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students was unconstitutional thus paving the way for integration in schools.

In 1979, in the year of Melvin Hartenstine's passing, on November 4th, Iranian militant students seized the US embassy in Teheran and held 52 American citizens and diplomats hostage for 444 days. They were released at the end of the inauguration speech of the newly elected Ronald Reagan.

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