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Bertha Amelia Dinning (1886 - 1970)

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Bertha Amelia Dinning
1886 - 1970
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1886
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1970
Heidelberg, Australia
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Heidelberg, Australia
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Bertha Amelia Dinning was born in 1886. She is the child of Grigsby Thomas Dinning and Mary Ann Cook Dinning. She died in 1970 in Heidelberg, Australia at 84 years old.
Updated: September 4, 2013
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Bertha Amelia Dinning died in 1970 in Heidelberg, Australia at 84 years of age. She was born in 1886. She is the child of Grigsby Thomas Dinning and Mary Ann Cook Dinning.
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In 1886, in the year that Bertha Amelia Dinning was born, on February 14th, the first train left Los Angeles for the East -by the way of the transcontinental railroad - with a cargo of oranges. Due to irrigation and the import of water, Los Angeles was the ideal place to grow oranges - which became a popular addition to Christmas stockings.

In 1895, at the age of only 9 years old, Bertha was alive when on March 15th, in County Tipperary, Ireland, Michael Cleary killed his wife of 8 years, Bridget, and burned her body. His defense was that his "wife" was a changeling that was left in his real wife's place when she was abducted by fairies. He was nonetheless convicted and imprisoned for manslaughter. He spent 15 years in prison.

In 1912, she was 26 years old when Arizona was admitted to the United States in February (on Valentine's Day). It became the 48th state in the Union. Previously a Spanish - then Mexican - territory, the U.S. paid $15 million dollars for the area in 1848. Arizona was the last of the contiguous states to be admitted to the United States.

In 1965, at the age of 79 years old, Bertha was alive when from August 11 to 16, riots broke out in Watts, a Black section of Los Angeles. An allegedly drunk African-American driver was stopped by LA police and, after a fight, police brutality was alleged - and the riots began. 34 people died in the rioting and over $40 million in property damage occurred. The National Guard was called in to help the LA police quell rioting.

In 1970, in the year of Bertha Amelia Dinning's passing, on May 4th, four students at Kent State University in Ohio were shot and killed by National Guardsmen. The students were at a peaceful demonstration protesting the invasion of Cambodia by US forces. There had been precedent for the killing of American college students. The previous year, on May 15th, Alameda County Sheriffs used shotguns against U.C. Berkeley students at a protest for People's Park. One student died, one was blinded, 128 were injured.

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