Bessie Peterson (1912 - 1988)

Bessie Peterson
1912 - 1988
updated February 06, 2019
Bessie Peterson was born on May 16, 1912. She died on January 13, 1988 at age 75. We know that Bessie Peterson had been residing in McGregor, Clayton County, Iowa 52157.
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Bessie Peterson died on January 13, 1988 at 75 years of age. She was born on May 16, 1912. We are unaware of information about Bessie's immediate family. We know that Bessie Peterson had been residing in McGregor, Clayton County, Iowa 52157.
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In 1912, in the year that Bessie Peterson was born, in October, former President Theodore Roosevelt was shot, but not killed, while campaigning for another term as President with the newly created Bull Moose (Progressive) Party. John Schrank was a Bavarian-born saloon-keeper from New York who had been stalking Roosevelt when he shot him just before a campaign speech. Shot in the chest (and showing the audience his bloody shirt), Roosevelt went on to give a 55 to 90 minute talk (reports vary on the length) before being treated for the injury. After 8 days in the hospital, Roosevelt went back on the campaign trail.

In 1937, by the time she was 25 years old, on May 28th, the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge opened to cars. Taking 5 years to build, the 4,200-foot-long suspension bridge was an engineering marvel of its time - 11 men died during construction. The "international orange" color was chosen because it resisted rust and fading. To the present, it is the symbol of the City that is known throughout the world.

In 1941, she was 29 years old when in his State of the Union address on January 6th, President Roosevelt detailed the "four freedoms" that everyone in the world should have: Freedom of speech, Freedom of worship, Freedom from want, and Freedom from fear. In the same speech, he outlined the benefits of democracy which he said were economic opportunity, employment, social security, and the promise of "adequate health care".

In 1953, when she was 41 years old, actress and comedian Lucille Ball gave birth to Desi Arnaz, Jr on January 19th. On the same day on "I Love Lucy", the fictional Little Ricky was born as well. Baby Desi graced the cover of the first TV Guide magazine with a headline that read ""Lucy's $50,000,000 baby" - because the commercial revenue from his birth was expected to be that amount.

In 1988, in the year of Bessie Peterson's passing, on December 16th, 1988 the popular film Rain Man was released. Featuring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. this film brought attention to autistic savants and was based on the "megasavant" Laurence Kim Peek. The film would later go to win four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and Best Actor in a Leading Role.

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Other Bessie Petersons

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1893 - 1971
Unknown - Unknown
Dec 31, 1969 - Mar 2, 1971
Dec 31, 1969 - Jan 2, 1970
Unknown - Dec 14, 1957
Dec 31, 1969 - Mar 11, 1976
c. 1931 - Mar 8, 1932
c. 1894 - Jan 22, 1929
c. 1883 - Mar 30, 1918
c. 1817 - Apr 10, 1897
c. 1894 - Unknown
c. 1906 - Unknown
Jun 6, 1921 - Dec 31, 1994
Feb 6, 1913 - March 1990
Mar 25, 1909 - Feb 1, 2002
Dec 28, 1911 - Jan 29, 1996
May 5, 1894 - Apr 22, 1988
Oct 17, 1917 - Mar 3, 2008
Apr 29, 1899 - August 1986

Other Petersons

May 2, 1887 - April 1973
Aug 18, 1889 - December 1971
Jan 18, 1919 - Jan 15, 1999
May 5, 1903 - May 11, 1998
Nov 14, 1916 - Jan 7, 2007
Mar 20, 1910 - Apr 29, 1991
Oct 8, 1904 - Jul 7, 1988
Sep 18, 1903 - Jun 25, 1993
Jan 10, 1900 - Mar 27, 1996
Oct 4, 1911 - May 1987
Dec 14, 1900 - January 1982
Mar 18, 1902 - June 1979
Sep 21, 1893 - October 1976
May 9, 1898 - March 1989
May 21, 1896 - December 1981
May 9, 1908 - Aug 6, 1997
Jul 19, 1893 - August 1969
Oct 19, 1898 - June 1983
Jan 8, 1909 - February 1977
Oct 12, 1904 - February 1984

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Feb 24, 1894 - August 1981
Feb 3, 1915 - Nov 22, 1998
Sep 22, 1881 - April 1963
Oct 31, 1938 - Oct 23, 2010
Jul 31, 1889 - December 1985
Feb 17, 1905 - January 1981
Mar 14, 1914 - March 1991
Apr 21, 1910 - April 1986
Dec 25, 1938 - Mar 19, 2010
May 16, 1935 - Nov 20, 2006
Jan 9, 1912 - May 20, 1993
Oct 18, 1922 - Nov 2, 2010
Oct 22, 1895 - July 1976
Sep 7, 1893 - May 1978
Sep 5, 1879 - January 1969
Dec 3, 1878 - December 1963
Aug 7, 1923 - Apr 26, 2008
May 16, 1911 - May 1979
May 19, 1902 - Apr 5, 1988
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