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Bertha Burgess (1892 - 1974)

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Bertha Burgess
1892 - 1974
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November 29, 1892
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November 1974
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Troy, Rensselaer County, New York 12180
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Bertha Burgess was born on November 29, 1892. She died in November 1974 at 81 years old. We know that Bertha Burgess had been residing in Troy, Rensselaer County, New York 12180.
Updated: October 6, 2011
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Bertha Burgess died in November 1974 at 81 years of age. She was born on November 29, 1892. We have no information about Bertha's surviving family. We know that Bertha Burgess had been residing in Troy, Rensselaer County, New York 12180.
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In 1892, in the year that Bertha Burgess was born, on October 12th, the "Pledge of Allegiance" was first recited in unison by students in U.S. public schools. Composed the previous August by Francis Bellamy, it was to be recited in 15 seconds and originally read: "I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." "Under God" was added in the 1950's.

In 1908, when she was 16 years old, the Federal Bureau of Investigation was established as the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States; it simultaneously served as the nation's prime federal law enforcement agency. Stanley Finch was the first Chief (now called Director).

In 1930, she was 38 years old when 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 1949, at the age of 57 years old, Bertha was alive when comedian Milton Berle hosted the first telethon show. It raised $1,100,000 for cancer research and lasted 16 hours. The next day, newspapers, in writing about the event, first used the word "telethon."

In 1974, in the year of Bertha Burgess's passing, on February 5th, Patty Hearst, age 19 - granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst and daughter of publisher of the San Francisco Examiner Randolph Hearst - was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army, a left wing terrorist group. She was found, alive, 19 months later.

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