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Amanda Wood (1895 - 1976)

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Amanda Wood
1895 - 1976
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April 3, 1895
Death
August 1976
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Groom, Carson County, Texas 79039
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Amanda Wood was born on April 3, 1895. She died in August 1976 at 81 years of age. We know that Amanda Wood had been residing in Groom, Carson County, Texas 79039.
Updated: November 7, 2011
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Amanda Wood died in August 1976 at 81 years old. She was born on April 3, 1895. We are unaware of information about Amanda's family or relationships. We know that Amanda Wood had been residing in Groom, Carson County, Texas 79039.
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In 1895, in the year that Amanda Wood was born, on March 15th, in County Tipperary, Ireland, Michael Cleary killed his wife of 8 years, Bridget, and burned her body. His defense was that his "wife" was a changeling that was left in his real wife's place when she was abducted by fairies. He was nonetheless convicted and imprisoned for manslaughter. He spent 15 years in prison.

In 1909, she was only 14 years old when explorer Robert Peary, a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, claimed to have been the first to have reached the geographic North Pole. His claim has been disputed for over a century - some say that he ended up 60 miles from the North Pole. Peary was the only navigator on his team and he didn't submit his records for public review.

In 1935, Amanda was 40 years old when the BOI's name (the Bureau of Investigation) was changed to the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and it officially became a separate agency with the Department of Justice. J. Edgar Hoover, the Chief of the BOI, continued in his office and became the first Director of the FBI. The FBI's responsibility is to "detect and prosecute crimes against the United States".

In 1956, she was 61 years old when on May 20th, the U.S. tested the first hydrogen bomb dropped from a plane over Bikini Atoll. Previously, hydrogen bombs had only been tested on the ground. The Atomic Age moved forward.

In 1976, in the year of Amanda Wood's passing, on August 4th, a mysterious illness struck an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Within a week, 25 people had died and 130 people had been hospitalized. It was the first known instance of what came to be called "Legionnaires Disease."

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