Alva A Thompson (1919 - 2003)

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Alva A Thompson
1919 - 2003
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March 3, 1919
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January 23, 2003
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Arkadelphia, Clark County, Arkansas 71923
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Alva A Thompson was born on March 3, 1919. He died on January 23, 2003 at 83 years old. We know that Alva A Thompson had been residing in Arkadelphia, Clark County, Arkansas 71923.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Alva A Thompson passed away on January 23, 2003 at age 83. He was born on March 3, 1919. We are unaware of information about Alva's family. We know that Alva A Thompson had been residing in Arkadelphia, Clark County, Arkansas 71923.

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In 1919, in the year that Alva A Thompson was born, in June, the Treaty of Versailles - officially ending World War I - was signed. The European Allies demanded "compensation by Germany for all damage done to the civilian population of the Allies and their property by the aggression of Germany by land, by sea and from the air.” The requirement of compensation is seen by most as the reason for the collapse of the German economy and gave rise to the rule of Hitler.

In 1928, at the age of merely 9 years old, Alva was alive when aviatrix Amelia Earhart, age 31, became the first woman to fly solo across North America and back in August. In June, she had been part of a 3 man crew that flew the Atlantic Ocean but since she had no instrument training, she couldn't fly the plane - she kept the flight log. The North American flight became one of her many "firsts" as a female pilot.

In 1947, by the time he was 28 years old, on April 15th, Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, playing first base. He was the first black man to play in the Major Leagues. Since the 1880's, professional baseball had been segregated and blacks played in the "Negro leagues". He went on to play for 10 years.

In 1968, he was 49 years old when on January 31st, the North Vietnamese launched the Tet Offensive, a turning point in the Vietnam War. 70,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces swarmed into South Vietnam. The South Vietnamese and US troops held off the offensive but it was such fierce fighting that the U.S. public began to turn against the war.

In 1983, he was 64 years old when physicist Sally K. Ride, 32, became the first US woman astronaut in space as a crew member aboard space shuttle Challenger on June 18th. She was also the youngest (32) astronaut to go into space. Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman in space in 1963.

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