Zachariah Thomas Mackey Hargis (1884 - 1962)

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Zachariah Thomas Mackey Hargis
1884 - 1962
February 16, 1884
June 16, 1962
Zachariah Thomas Mackey Hargis was born on February 16, 1884. He is the child of Zachariah John Beckham Hargis and Maryett (Mackey) Hargis, with siblings George, Nancy, Harriet, Rosa, Mahala, Paris, Ida, Gilbert, Fred, and John. According to his family tree, Zachariah Thomas was father to 3 children. He married Lillian Johnson, and they had children Hazel G. Hargis, Arnold E. Hargis, and Anita "Ruby" Hargis. He died on June 16, 1962 at 78 years of age.
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Kelly Sullivan commented on Jan 07, 2017
He was a great Showman, in many side shows and Circuses.


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Father to 3 children, he died on June 16, 1962 at 78 years old. He was born on February 16, 1884. Zachariah Thomas Mackey Hargis is the child of Zachariah John Beckham Hargis and Maryett (Mackey) Hargis, with siblings George, Nancy, Harriet, Rosa, Mahala, Paris, Ida, Gilbert, Fred, and John. According to his family tree, he married Lillian Johnson, and they had children Hazel G. Hargis, Arnold E. Hargis, and Anita "Ruby" Hargis.

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In 1884, in the year that Zachariah Thomas Mackey Hargis was born, on May 1st, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions - a US association - first resolved that "eight hours shall constitute a legal day's labour from and after May 1, 1886, and that we recommend to labour organisations throughout this jurisdiction that they so direct their laws as to conform to this resolution by the time named." Previously, workdays would consist of 10 to 16 hours a day - 6 days a week. It would take years before the 8 hour workday became common practice - and longer before it became a law.

In 1911, by the time he was 27 years old, the United States Supreme Court broke up Standard Oil in May. John D. Rockefeller established Standard Oil in 1870 and it was the largest oil refinery at the time. The Supreme Court found that Standard Oil of New Jersey (one of the many iterations of Standard Oil) was guilty of "monopolizing the petroleum industry through a series of abusive and anticompetitive actions". The Court broke up the several entities that comprised Standard Oil and they eventually became competing firms.

In 1926, when he was 42 years old, on October 31st, Harry Houdini died in Michigan. Houdini was the most famed magician of his time and perhaps of all time, especially for his acts involving escapes - from handcuffs, straitjackets, chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, and more. He was president of the Society of American Magicians and stringently upheld professional ethics. He died of complications from a ruptured appendix. Although he had received a blow to the area a couple of days previously, the connection between the blow and his appendicitis is disputed.

In 1938, Zachariah Thomas was 54 years old when on June 25th (a Saturday) the Fair Labor Standards Act was signed into law by President Roosevelt (along with 120 other bills). The Act banned oppressive child labor, set the minimum hourly wage at 25 cents, and established the maximum workweek at 44 hours. It faced a lot of opposition and in fighting for it, Roosevelt said "Do not let any calamity-howling executive with an income of $1,000 a day, ...tell you...that a wage of $11 a week is going to have a disastrous effect on all American industry."

In 1962, in the year of Zachariah Thomas Mackey Hargis's passing, lasting from October 16th - 28th, the Cuban Missile Crisis was the closest that the United States and the Soviet Union came to nuclear war. The Soviet Union had been installing a nuclear missile base in Cuba. The United States established a blockade to stop the base from being completed. Through secret negotiations, war was averted: the Soviet Union agreed to dismantle their weapons in Cuba and the United States agreed to never invade Cuba and to dismantle weapons in Turkey and Italy.

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