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Bertha Florence Leach (1888 - 1968)

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Bertha Florence Leach
1888 - 1968
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1888
Hawthorn, Australia
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1968
Cant, Australia
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Hawthorn, Australia
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Bertha Florence Leach was born in 1888 in Hawthorn, Australia. She is the child of Georg Charles Leach and Sarah Atherton Leach. She died in 1968 in Cant, Australia at age 80.
Updated: July 29, 2019
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Bertha Florence Leach died in 1968 in Cant, Australia at age 80. She was born in 1888 in Hawthorn, Australia. She is the child of Georg Charles Leach and Sarah Atherton Leach.
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In 1888, in the year that Bertha Florence Leach was born, on January 12th, the 'Schoolhouse Blizzard' blanketed Dakota Territory. Montana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Texas were hit, leaving 235 dead. Many of those who perished were children on their way home from school. The day was relatively warm when it began and the blizzard hit unexpectedly, catching most by surprise.

In 1920, Bertha was 32 years old when speakeasies replaced saloons as the center of social activity. After the 18th Amendment was ratified and selling alcohol became illegal, saloons closed and speakeasies took their place. Speakeasies, also called a blind pig or blind tiger, were "so called because of the practice of speaking quietly about such a place in public, or when inside it, so as not to alert the police or neighbors". There were a lot of them and they were very popular. And where saloons often prohibited women, they were encouraged at speakeasies because of the added profits.

In 1939, at the age of 51 years old, Bertha was alive when in May, Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first full-length animated film, reached a total international gross of $6.5 million which made it (to then) the most successful sound film of all time. First released in December 1937, it was originally dubbed "Disney's Folly" but the premiere received a standing ovation from the audience. At the 11th Academy Awards in February 1939, Walt Disney won an Academy Honorary Award - a full-size Oscar statuette and seven miniature ones - for Snow White.

In 1959, when she was 71 years old, on January 3rd, Alaska became the 49th state of the United States and the first state not a part of the contiguous United States. The flag was changed to display 49 stars.

In 1968, in the year of Bertha Florence Leach's passing, 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.

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