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Bernice Devilbiss (1911 - 2005)

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Bernice Devilbiss
1911 - 2005
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June 13, 1911
Death
January 4, 2005
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Columbia, Boone County, Missouri 65203
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Bernice Devilbiss was born on June 13, 1911. She died on January 4, 2005 at age 93. We know that Bernice Devilbiss had been residing in Columbia, Boone County, Missouri 65203.
Updated: November 9, 2011
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Bernice Devilbiss passed away on January 4, 2005 at 93 years old. She was born on June 13, 1911. We have no information about Bernice's family. We know that Bernice Devilbiss had been residing in Columbia, Boone County, Missouri 65203.
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In 1911, in the year that Bernice Devilbiss was born, the first Indianapolis 500 was run in May. Ray Harroun was the winner - he was an engineer and had retired from racing but he came back for this race. After the race, he retired for good. The purse was $27,550 - the largest offered up to that time - and Harroun received $10,000 for first place. His average time was 74.602 mph.

In 1925, Bernice was just 14 years old when 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 1965, at the age of 54 years old, Bernice was alive when the television show "I Spy" premiered in the fall season on NBC. The stars were Bill Cosby and Robert Culp, making Cosby the first African American to headline a television show. Four stations - in Georgia, Florida, and Alabama - refused to air the show.

In 1977, Bernice was 66 years old when on January 20th, Jimmy Carter became the 39th President of the United States. Running against incumbent Gerald Ford, he won 50.1% of the popular vote to Ford's 48.0%. He was elected to only one term.

In 1983, she was 72 years old when "crack" cocaine was developed in the Bahamas and spread to the United States. Previously, cocaine had been cut with other substances, diluting it. Crack was 80% pure and therefore was more addictive. It was also cheaper, making it more easily available to low income neighborhoods.

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