Bertha Atkins (1951 - 1987)

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Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida

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1951 - In the year that Bertha Atkins was born, on April 5th, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (husband and wife) were sentenced to death for treason. They were executed on June 19th. American citizens, they were convicted of spying for the Soviet Union. Their two young sons were adopted by a high school teacher and his wife.

1957 - Bertha was only 6 years old when on September 24th, the "Little Rock Nine" (nine African-American students) entered Little Rock High School. Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus had previously prevented the students from entering the school at the beginning of the term with the Arkansas National Guard - they blocked the door. President Eisenhower ordered federal troops - the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army - to guard the students and allow them entry.

1970 - When she was 19 years old, 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.

1981 - Bertha was 30 years old when on January 20th, Ronald Reagan became the 40th President of the United States. He ran against the incumbent, Jimmy Carter, and won 50.7% of the popular vote to Carter's 41.0%.

1987 - In the year of Bertha Atkins'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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Bertha Atkins passed away on May 12, 1987 at 35 years old. No cause of death has been listed for Bertha. She was born on June 14, 1951. We are unaware of information about Bertha's surviving family. We know that Bertha Atkins had been residing in Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida.

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