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Robert Keefer (1881 - 1968)

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Robert Keefer
1881 - 1968
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November 16, 1881
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November 1968
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Bath, Mason County, Illinois 62617
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Robert Keefer was born on November 16, 1881. He died in November 1968 at 86 years old. We know that Robert Keefer had been residing in Bath, Mason County, Illinois 62617.
Updated: November 2, 2011
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Robert Keefer died in November 1968 at 86 years of age. He was born on November 16, 1881. We have no information about Robert's family or relationships. We know that Robert Keefer had been residing in Bath, Mason County, Illinois 62617.
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In 1881, in the year that Robert Keefer was born, on March 4th, James A. Garfield became the 20th President of the United States. On July 2nd, he was shot by Charles Guiteau, a lawyer, in Washington, D.C. The wound became infected and Garfield died on September 19. Vice President Chester A. Arthur immediately became the 21st President.

In 1890, when he was merely 9 years old, on June 1st, the U.S. Census Bureau started tabulating census returns with punch cards. Herman Hollerith's "tabulating machine" used punch cards to more quickly compute census information, taking the time to get census results from 8 years in 1880 to 6 years for the 1890 census. Hollerith's company eventually became IBM.

In 1919, he was 38 years old when in June, the Treaty of Versailles - officially ending World War I - was signed. The European Allies demanded "compensation by Germany for all damage done to the civilian population of the Allies and their property by the aggression of Germany by land, by sea and from the air.” The requirement of compensation is seen by most as the reason for the collapse of the German economy and gave rise to the rule of Hitler.

In 1946, he was 65 years old when pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock's book "The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care" was published. It sold half a million copies in the first six months. Aside from the Bible, it became the best selling book of the 20th century. A generation of Baby Boomers were raised by the advice of Dr. Spock.

In 1968, in the year of Robert Keefer's passing, on June 5th, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles by Sirhan after celebrating his win in the California presidential primary. He died the next day at Good Samaritan Hospital.

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