Bernice Fite Willis (1925 - 2003)

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Santa Fe National Cemetery
Section 13 Site 952,
501 North Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, Nm

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Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico

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Branch of service: Us Navy
Rank attained: CDR
Wars/Conflicts: World War Ii

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Fite

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1925 - In the year that Bernice Fite Willis 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.

1939 - When she was merely 14 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.

1972 - At the age of 47 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.

1988 - Bernice was 63 years old when on December 16th, 1988 the popular film Rain Man was released. Featuring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. this film brought attention to autistic savants and was based on the "megasavant" Laurence Kim Peek. The film would later go to win four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and Best Actor in a Leading Role.

1993 - When she was 68 years old, on February 26th, a truck bomb exploded in the garage under the North Tower of the World Trade Center. While the bomb didn't do what was planned (collapse the North Tower into the South Tower), it did kill six people and injured thousands of people.

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Bernice Fite Willis died on November 24, 2003 at age 78. No cause of death has been listed. She was buried in Santa Fe National Cemetery Section 13 Site 952, Santa Fe, Nm. She was born on February 22, 1925. We are unaware of information about Bernice's family or relationships. We know that Bernice Fite Willis had been residing in Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico.

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