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Ada Mcgowan (1914 - 1980)

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Ada Mcgowan
1914 - 1980
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December 21, 1914
Death
July 1980
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Norfork, Baxter County, Arkansas 72659
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Ada Mcgowan was born on December 21, 1914. She died in July 1980 at age 65. We know that Ada Mcgowan had been residing in Norfork, Baxter County, Arkansas 72659.
Updated: November 5, 2011
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Ada Mcgowan passed away in July 1980 at 65 years old. She was born on December 21, 1914. We have no information about Ada's immediate family. We know that Ada Mcgowan had been residing in Norfork, Baxter County, Arkansas 72659.
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In 1914, in the year that Ada Mcgowan was born, in June, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated by a Yugoslavian national. Austria-Hungary delivered an ultimatum to Serbia. Other major powers took sides - and World War I began: Austria declared war on Serbia; Germany on Russia and France; Britain on Germany . . . and on it went until most of the world was embroiled in the war.

In 1929, when she was just 15 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.

In 1938, by the time she was 24 years old, on October 30th, a Sunday, The Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast Orson Welles' special Halloween show The War of the World's. A clever take on H.G. Wells' novel, the show began with simulated "breaking news" of an invasion by Martians. Because of the realistic nature of the "news," there was a public outcry the next day, calling for regulation by the FCC. Although the current story is that many were fooled and panicked, in reality very few people were fooled. But the show made Orson Welles' career.

In 1973, Ada was 59 years old when on January 28th, the Paris Peace Accord was signed - supposedly ending the Vietnam War. Hostilities continued between North and South Vietnam and the U.S. continued to bomb. But by August 15, 1973, 95% of American troops had left Vietnam. The war ended in 1975 with the fall of Saigon.

In 1980, in the year of Ada Mcgowan's passing, on December 8th, ex-Beatle John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman in front of his home - the Dakota - in New York City. Chapman was found guilty of murder and still remains in jail.

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