Bernice Kenfield (1922 - 1987)

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Cheney, Spokane County, Washington

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1922 - In the year that Bernice Kenfield was born, the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C. on May 30th. More than 35,000 people attended the dedication including Lincoln's son, Robert Todd Lincoln, and many Union and Confederate veterans - although the audience was segregated. The Memorial took 10 years to complete.

1947 - She was 25 years old 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.

1952 - Bernice was 30 years old when on July 2, Dr. Jonas E. Salk tested the first dead-virus polio vaccine on 43 children. The worst epidemic of polio had broken out that year - in the U.S. there were 58,000 cases reported. Of these, 3,145 people had died and 21,269 were left with mild to disabling paralysis.

1958 - She was 36 years old when on January 31st, Explorer I, the United States' answer to Sputnik I (and 2,) was launched. America had entered the Space Race. The first spacecraft to detect the Van Allen radiation belt, it remained in orbit until 1970.

1987 - In the year of Bernice Kenfield's passing, was the first time that a criminal in the United States - a serial rapist - was convicted through the use of DNA evidence.

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Bernice Kenfield died in March 1987 at 64 years of age. There is no known cause of death for Bernice. She was born on April 17, 1922. We are unaware of information about Bernice's family or relationships. We know that Bernice Kenfield had been residing in Cheney, Spokane County, Washington.

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