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Benigna Alfonso (1897 - 1981)

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Benigna Alfonso
1897 - 1981
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February 13, 1897
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December 1981
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New York, New York County, New York 10009
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Benigna Alfonso was born on February 13, 1897. She died in December 1981 at 84 years old. We know that Benigna Alfonso had been residing in New York, New York County, New York 10009.
Updated: October 3, 2011
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Benigna Alfonso passed away in December 1981 at 84 years of age. She was born on February 13, 1897. There is no information about Benigna's family or relationships. We know that Benigna Alfonso had been residing in New York, New York County, New York 10009.
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In 1897, in the year that Benigna Alfonso was born, on March 4th, William McKinley became the 25th President of the United States. He had beaten William Jennings Bryan in the 1896 election by 51% to 46.7% in the popular vote. Six months into his second term as President, McKinley was assassinated.

In 1925, by the time she was 28 years old, in July, the Scopes Trial - often called the Scopes Monkey Trial - took place, prosecuting a substitute teacher for teaching evolution in school. Tennessee had enacted a law that said it was "unlawful to teach human evolution in any state-funded school". William Jennings Bryan headed the prosecution and Clarence Darrow headed the defense. The teacher was found guilty and fined $100. An appeal to the Supreme Court of Tennessee upheld the law but overturned the guilty verdict.

In 1931, she was 34 years old when in March, “The Star Spangled Banner” officially became the national anthem by congressional resolution. Other songs had previously been used - among them, "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", "God Bless America", and "America the Beautiful". There was fierce debate about making "The Star Spangled Banner" the national anthem - Southerners and veterans organizations supported it, pacifists and educators opposed it.

In 1947, she was 50 years old when 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 1981, in the year of Benigna Alfonso's passing, on January 20th, Ronald Reagan became the 40th President of the United States. He ran against the incumbent, Jimmy Carter, and won 50.7% of the popular vote to Carter's 41.0%.

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