Bernadette Thompson (1938 - 2004)

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Bernadette Thompson
1938 - 2004
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May 31, 1938
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July 26, 2004
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Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington 98409
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Bernadette Thompson was born on May 31, 1938. She died on July 26, 2004 at 66 years old. We know that Bernadette Thompson had been residing in Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington 98409.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Bernadette Thompson died on July 26, 2004 at 66 years old. She was born on May 31, 1938. There is no information about Bernadette's immediate family. We know that Bernadette Thompson had been residing in Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington 98409.

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In 1938, in the year that Bernadette Thompson was born, 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 1948, by the time she was merely 10 years old, on May 14th, the State of Israel was proclaimed by David Ben-Gurion, who became Israel's first Premier, and the U.S. officially recognized Israel. That evening, Egypt launched an air assault on Israel.

In 1976, by the time she was 38 years old, 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."

In 1980, Bernadette was 42 years old when on December 8th, ex-Beatle John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman in front of his home - the Dakota - in New York City. Chapman was found guilty of murder and still remains in jail.

In 1995, at the age of 57 years old, Bernadette was alive when on May 19th, the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil - before 9/11 - took place in Oklahoma City. A truck bomb went off outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown - killing 68 people, injuring more than 680 others, and destroying one-third of the building. The most disturbing images were of children - a daycare center was hit by the bomb. The deadliest incident of domestic terrorism ever, Timothy McVeigh, Terry Nichols, and Michael Fortier were convicted of the bombing.

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