Wesley Spangenberg (1904 - 1998)

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Wesley Spangenberg
1904 - 1998
May 9, 1904
September 6, 1998
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Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16502
Wesley Spangenberg was born on May 9, 1904. He died on September 6, 1998 at age 94. We know that Wesley Spangenberg had been residing in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16502.
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Wesley Spangenberg passed away on September 6, 1998 at 94 years old. He was born on May 9, 1904. There is no information about Wesley's immediate family. We know that Wesley Spangenberg had been residing in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16502.

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In 1904, in the year that Wesley Spangenberg was born, the United States acquired the Panama Canal Zone. Now an unincorporated territory of the U.S., the Canal Zone had been previously held by the French, who were constructing a canal. The U.S. took over the construction of the Panama Canal and it was finally finished in 1914, when it was opened to commercial shipping. The United States held the Canal Zone until 1979.

In 1921, Wesley was 17 years old when hugely popular Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, silent film star, was arrested for rape and manslaughter after an actress died following a party at his house. He was acquitted after three trials and the jury wrote a formal letter apologizing for the charges, but his career never recovered. His films were at first banned - the ban was lifted after a year - and he was mostly ostracized by the community. He died at 46..

In 1953, at the age of 49 years old, Wesley was alive when on January 20th, Dwight D. Eisenhower became the 34th President of the United States. Formerly the 1st Supreme Allied Commander Europe in World War II, Eisenhower had never previously held a political office.

In 1976, when he was 72 years old, on August 4th, a mysterious illness struck an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Within a week, 25 people had died and 130 people had been hospitalized. It was the first known instance of what came to be called "Legionnaires Disease."

In 1998, in the year of Wesley Spangenberg's passing, on December 19th, the House of Representatives initiated impeachment charges against U.S. President Bill Clinton. He was subsequently acquitted of these charges by the Senate on February 12th.

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