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Bernice L Thompson (1920 - 1987)

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Bernice L Thompson
1920 - 1987
Born
January 3, 1920
Death
March 1987
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Chapel Hill, Orange County, North Carolina 27514
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Bernice L Thompson was born on January 3, 1920. She died in March 1987 at age 67. We know that Bernice L Thompson had been residing in Chapel Hill, Orange County, North Carolina 27514.
Updated: August 10, 2022
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Mecklemburg County, North Carolina United States
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Military serial#: 34890899 Enlisted: August 23, 1943 in Cp Croft South Carolina Military branch: No Branch Assignment Rank: Private, Selectees (enlisted Men) Terms of enlistment: Enlistment For The Duration Of The War Or Other Emergency, Plus Six Months, Subject To The Discretion Of The President Or Otherwise According To Law
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Bernice L Thompson died in March 1987 at age 67. She was born on January 3, 1920. We have no information about Bernice's surviving family. We know that Bernice L Thompson had been residing in Chapel Hill, Orange County, North Carolina 27514.
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In 1920, in the year that Bernice L Thompson was born, the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote, passed both Houses of Congress and was sent to the States to ratify. In August, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the Amendment and it became law eight days later. Mississippi ratified it in 1984.

In 1930, when she was only 10 years old, on August 6th, N.Y. Supreme Court Judge Joseph Crater went through papers in his office, destroyed some of them, withdrew all his money from the bank - $5,150, sold his stock, met friends at a restaurant for dinner and disappeared after getting into a taxi (or walking down the street - his friends' testimony later changed). His disappearance was reported to the police on September 3rd - almost a month later. His wife didn't know what happened, his fellow Justices had no idea, and his mistresses (he had several) said that they didn't know. While his disappearance was front page news, his fate was never discovered and after 40 years the case was closed, still without knowing if Crater was dead or alive.

In 1964, Bernice was 44 years old when on June 11th, activist Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment in South Africa for conspiring to overthrow the state (because of his numerous anti-apartheid activities). He served 27 years in prison.

In 1976, she was 56 years old when on August 4th, a mysterious illness struck an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Within a week, 25 people had died and 130 people had been hospitalized. It was the first known instance of what came to be called "Legionnaires Disease."

In 1987, in the year of Bernice L Thompson'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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