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Bernita Thompson (1920 - 2005)

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Bernita Thompson
1920 - 2005
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September 23, 1920
Death
February 27, 2005
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Fairfield, Wayne County, Illinois 62837
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Bernita Thompson was born on September 23, 1920. She died on February 27, 2005 at 84 years old. We know that Bernita Thompson had been residing in Fairfield, Wayne County, Illinois 62837.
Updated: November 2, 2011
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Bernita Thompson died on February 27, 2005 at age 84. She was born on September 23, 1920. We are unaware of information about Bernita's family. We know that Bernita Thompson had been residing in Fairfield, Wayne County, Illinois 62837.
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In 1920, in the year that Bernita 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 1934, when she was only 14 years old, on July 22nd, gangster John Dillinger was killed in Chicago. His gang had robbed banks and police stations, among other charges, and he was being hunted by J. Edgar Hoover, head of the FBI - although many in the public saw him as a "Robin Hood". A madam from a brothel in which he was hiding became an informer for the FBI and, after a shootout with FBI agents, Dillinger was shot and died.

In 1968, by the time she was 48 years old, on January 31st, the North Vietnamese launched the Tet Offensive, a turning point in the Vietnam War. 70,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces swarmed into South Vietnam. The South Vietnamese and US troops held off the offensive but it was such fierce fighting that the U.S. public began to turn against the war.

In 1977, by the time she was 57 years old, 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 1999, Bernita was 79 years old 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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