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Bernadine B Merrels (1925 - 2003)

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Bernadine B Merrels
1925 - 2003
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January 9, 1925
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June 11, 2003
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Spotsylvania, Spotsylvania County, Virginia 22553
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Bernadine B Merrels was born on January 9, 1925. She died on June 11, 2003 at 78 years of age. We know that Bernadine B Merrels had been residing in Spotsylvania, Spotsylvania County, Virginia 22553.
Updated: October 6, 2011
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Bernadine B Merrels passed away on June 11, 2003 at 78 years old. She was born on January 9, 1925. We have no information about Bernadine's immediate family. We know that Bernadine B Merrels had been residing in Spotsylvania, Spotsylvania County, Virginia 22553.
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In 1925, in the year that Bernadine B Merrels was born, 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 1946, she was 21 years old when pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock's book "The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care" was published. It sold half a million copies in the first six months. Aside from the Bible, it became the best selling book of the 20th century. A generation of Baby Boomers were raised by the advice of Dr. Spock.

In 1953, by the time she was 28 years old, on July 27th, the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed. The Armistice was to last until "a final peaceful settlement is achieved". No peaceful settlement has ever been agreed upon.

In 1975, when she was 50 years old, on September 5th, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme tried to assassinate President Ford in Sacramento, California. She failed when her gun wouldn't fire. President Ford escaped a second assassination attempt 17 days later on September 22 when Sarah Jane Moore tried to shoot him in San Francisco. A bystander saw her raise her arm, grabbed it, and the shot went wild.

In 1982, by the time she was 57 years old, on June 30th, time ran out on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The Amendment had only received 35 of the necessary 38 state ratifications. First sent to the states in 1972, the Amendment stated that "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex".

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