100 - Cecil Sterling Eklund - Tigard, OR
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff
N 45° 25.154 W 122° 47.742
10T E 515984 N 5029544
Quick Description: One of a number of centenarians interred at St. Anthonys Cemetery.
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 4/18/2018 2:53:23 PM
Waymark Code: WMY4D9
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member woolsox
Views: 1

Long Description:
Cecil Sterling Eklund was born on January 23, 1910. He died on October 21, 2010 at 100 years of age. His wife Dolores lived to be 99.

1910 - In the year that Cecil Sterling Eklund was born, the Mexican revolution began. Dictator Porfirio Díaz had ruled for 35 years and was nationally unpopular. When elections were held in 1910 and a rigged election kept Diaz in office. The uprising began - and lasted for another 10 years.

1926 - At the age of 16 years old, Cecil was alive when on November 15th, NBC was founded. It was the U.S.'s first major broadcast network. Ownership of the network was split between RCA (a majority partner at 50%), its founding corporate parent General Electric (which owned 30%), and Westinghouse (which owned the remaining 20%).

1929 - When he was 19 years old, on October 29th (Black Tuesday), the stock market crashed in the United States. Billions of dollars were lost and some investors committed suicide as a result, having lost their fortunes. This ushered in the 12 year, worldwide Great Depression.

1949 - By the time he was 39 years old, on April 4th, NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization) was established. Twelve nations originally signed the North Atlantic Treaty - the United States, Great Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Iceland, Canada, and Portugal. Greece, Turkey, and West Germany later joined. Today, there are 26 nations in NATO.

1986 - When he was 76 years old, on January 28th, the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after launch. All seven crew members died. The cause of the explosion was later found to be a failed O-ring. The O-ring failure was due to the unusually cold conditions at Cape Canaveral.
Location of Headstone: St. Anthonys Cemetery

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