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Agnes Parker (1906 - 1986)

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Agnes Parker
1906 - 1986
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November 27, 1906
Death
February 1986
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Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana 47803
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Agnes Parker was born on November 27, 1906. She died in February 1986 at 79 years old. We know that Agnes Parker had been residing in Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana 47803.
Updated: October 8, 2011
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Agnes Parker died in February 1986 at 79 years old. She was born on November 27, 1906. We are unaware of information about Agnes' family or relationships. We know that Agnes Parker had been residing in Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana 47803.
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In 1906, in the year that Agnes Parker was born, author Upton Sinclair exposed the public-health threat of the meat-packing industry in his book The Jungle. While his intent was to show the lives of exploited lives of immigrants in Chicago and other industrialized cities, most people were horrified by how the meat that ended up on their tables was handled. There was such an outcry that legislation was passed to regulate meat packing. Sinclair said " "I aimed at the public's heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach."

In 1938, she was 32 years old when 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 1958, she was 52 years old when on January 31st, Explorer I, the United States' answer to Sputnik I (and 2,) was launched. America had entered the Space Race. The first spacecraft to detect the Van Allen radiation belt, it remained in orbit until 1970.

In 1965, when she was 59 years old, the television show "I Spy" premiered in the fall season on NBC. The stars were Bill Cosby and Robert Culp, making Cosby the first African American to headline a television show. Four stations - in Georgia, Florida, and Alabama - refused to air the show.

In 1986, in the year of Agnes Parker's passing, 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.

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