Neil Sheakley (1897 - 1987)

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Neil Sheakley
1897 - 1987
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April 23, 1897
Death
October 1987
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North East, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16428
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Neil Sheakley was born on April 23, 1897. He died in October 1987 at 90 years of age. We know that Neil Sheakley had been residing in North East, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16428.
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Neil Sheakley passed away in October 1987 at age 90. He was born on April 23, 1897. We are unaware of information about Neil's surviving family. We know that Neil Sheakley had been residing in North East, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16428.

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In 1897, in the year that Neil Sheakley was born, on September 21st, editor and publisher Francis P. Church responded to a letter to the editor from Virginia O'Hanlon, 8 years old. Virginia's father had told her that "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." So she wrote to the Sun, asking if there was a Santa Claus. Church responded with the now famous editorial "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus".

In 1913, at the age of 16 years old, Neil was alive when Henry Ford installed the first moving assembly line for the mass production of an entire automobile. It had previously taken 12 hours to assemble a whole vehicle - now it took only two hours and 30 minutes! Inspired by the production lines at flour mills, breweries, canneries and industrial bakeries, along with the disassembly of animal carcasses in Chicago’s meat-packing plants, Ford created moving belts for parts and the assembly line was born.

In 1947, Neil was 50 years old when on November 25th, the Hollywood "Black List" was created by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). Ten Hollywood writers and directors had refused to testify to the Committee regarding "Communists" or "Reds" in the movie industry. The next day, the blacklist was created and they were fired.

In 1971, Neil was 74 years old when in March, Congress passed the Twenty-sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which lowered the voting age to 18 (from 21). It was a response to the criticism that men could fight at 18, but not vote for the policies and politicians who sent them to war. The states quickly ratified the Amendment and it was signed into law on July 1st by President Richard Nixon.

In 1987, in the year of Neil Sheakley's passing, was the first time that a criminal in the United States - a serial rapist - was convicted through the use of DNA evidence.

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