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Bessie Greenwade (1891 - 1980)

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Bessie Greenwade
1891 - 1980
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April 16, 1891
Death
December 1980
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Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland 21740
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Bessie Greenwade was born on April 16, 1891. She died in December 1980 at 89 years of age. We know that Bessie Greenwade had been residing in Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland 21740.
Updated: October 7, 2011
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Bessie Greenwade passed away in December 1980 at 89 years old. She was born on April 16, 1891. There is no information about Bessie's family. We know that Bessie Greenwade had been residing in Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland 21740.
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In 1891, in the year that Bessie Greenwade was born, on March 14th, a lynch mob stormed the Old Parish Prison. The mob lynched 11 of the 19 Italians who were arrested for - but found to be innocent of - the murder of New Orleans Police Chief David Hennessy.

In 1927, when she was 36 years old, the first "talkie" (a movie with music, songs, and talking), The Jazz Singer, was released. Al Jolson starred as a cantor's son who instead of following in his father's footsteps as expected, becomes a singer of popular songs. Banished by his father, they reconcile on his father's deathbed. It was a tear-jerker and audiences went wild - especially when they heard the songs. Thus begun the demise of silent films and the rise of "talkies".

In 1960, Bessie was 69 years old when on May 1st, an American CIA U-2 spy plane, piloted by Francis Gary Powers, was shot down by a surface-to-air missile over the Soviet Union. Powers ejected and survived but was captured. The U.S. claimed that the U-2 was a "weather plane" but Powers was convicted in the Soviet Union of espionage. He was released in 1962 after 1 year, 9 months and 10 days in prison.

In 1976, by the time she was 85 years old, The United States celebrated the Bicentennial of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. It was a year long celebration, with the biggest events taking place on July 4th.

In 1980, in the year of Bessie Greenwade's passing, on December 8th, ex-Beatle John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman in front of his home - the Dakota - in New York City. Chapman was found guilty of murder and still remains in jail.

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