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Anna Matthews (1897 - 1967)

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Anna Matthews
1897 - 1967
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September 23, 1897
Death
May 1967
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Washington, District of Columbia County, District Of Columbia 20002
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Anna Matthews was born on September 23, 1897. She died in May 1967 at age 69. We know that Anna Matthews had been residing in Washington, District of Columbia County, District Of Columbia 20002.
Updated: November 13, 2011
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Anna Matthews passed away in May 1967 at age 69. She was born on September 23, 1897. There is no information about Anna's surviving family. We know that Anna Matthews had been residing in Washington, District of Columbia County, District Of Columbia 20002.
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1897 - 1967 World Events

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In 1897, in the year that Anna Matthews was born, on September 21st, editor and publisher Francis P. Church responded to a letter to the editor from Virginia O'Hanlon, 8 years old. Virginia's father had told her that "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." So she wrote to the Sun, asking if there was a Santa Claus. Church responded with the now famous editorial "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus".

In 1918, Anna was 21 years old when on November 11th, an armistice was signed between the Allies and Germany, ending the fighting on the Western Front in World War I. This meant a complete defeat of Germany although Germany never formally surrendered. It took another six months of negotiations to sign an actual peace treaty between the warring parties.

In 1923, Anna was 26 years old when the A.C. Nielsen Company was founded in Chicago. It provided an audience measurement system that could provide radio station owners with information on their listeners and the popularity of their shows. Later, the Nielsen company became the basis for the fate of television programs.

In 1937, at the age of 40 years old, Anna was alive when on May 6th, the German zeppelin the Hindenburg caught fire and blew up. The Hindenburg was a passenger ship traveling to Frankfurt Germany. It tried to dock in New Jersey, one of the stops, and something went wrong - it blew up. Thirty-six people were killed out of the 97 on board - 13 passengers, 22 crewmen, and one ground worker. The reasons for the explosion are still disputed.

In 1967, in the year of Anna Matthews's passing, on November 7th, President Johnson signed legislation passed by Congress that created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which would later become PBS and NPR. The legislation required CPB to operate with a "strict adherence to objectivity and balance in all programs or series of programs of a controversial nature".

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