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Bernice Benson (1921 - 2001)

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Bernice Benson
1921 - 2001
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September 1, 1921
Death
March 14, 2001
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Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota 58103
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Bernice Benson was born on September 1, 1921. She died on March 14, 2001 at age 79. We know that Bernice Benson had been residing in Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota 58103.
Updated: November 9, 2011
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Bernice Benson died on March 14, 2001 at age 79. She was born on September 1, 1921. There is no information about Bernice's surviving family. We know that Bernice Benson had been residing in Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota 58103.
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In 1921, in the year that Bernice Benson was born, in May, the Emergency Quota Act - or Emergency Immigration Act - was passed. The law restricted the number of immigrants to 357,000 per year. It also established an immigration quota in which only 3 per cent of the total population of any ethnic group already in the USA in 1910, could be admitted to America after 1921. Although the Act was supposed to be temporary, it stayed in effect until 1965.

In 1939, when she was 18 years old, in May, Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first full-length animated film, reached a total international gross of $6.5 million which made it (to then) the most successful sound film of all time. First released in December 1937, it was originally dubbed "Disney's Folly" but the premiere received a standing ovation from the audience. At the 11th Academy Awards in February 1939, Walt Disney won an Academy Honorary Award - a full-size Oscar statuette and seven miniature ones - for Snow White.

In 1947, at the age of 26 years old, Bernice was alive 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 1972, at the age of 51 years old, Bernice was alive when on September 5th, the Palestinian terrorist group Black September, with the assistance of German neo-nazis, kidnapped and killed 11 Israeli athletes at the Olympic Games in Munich. The attackers crept into the Olympic Village and abducted the athletes while they were sleeping. A German policeman was also killed.

In 1999, at the age of 78 years old, Bernice was alive when the fear that Y2K (year 2000) would cause the failure of computers worldwide when clocks didn't properly update to January 1st, 2000 became near panic. While some computer systems and software did have problems, the panic was unfounded and computer life went on.

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