Bessie Petrathelis

(1909 - 1990)

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Bessie Petrathelis
1909 - 1990
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May 1, 1909
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November 1990
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Peabody, Essex County, Massachusetts 01960
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Bessie Petrathelis was born on May 1, 1909. She died in November 1990 at age 81. We know that Bessie Petrathelis had been residing in Peabody, Essex County, Massachusetts 01960.
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Bessie Petrathelis passed away in November 1990 at 81 years old. She was born on May 1, 1909. There is no information about Bessie's family or relationships. We know that Bessie Petrathelis had been residing in Peabody, Essex County, Massachusetts 01960.

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In 1909, in the year that Bessie Petrathelis was born, the U.S. penny was changed to the Abraham Lincoln design. The Lincoln penny was so popular that it soon had to be rationed and it sold on the secondary market for a quarter. Abraham Lincoln was the first historical figure to be on a U.S. coin - which was released to commemorate his 100th birthday. This penny was also the first U.S. cent to include the words "In God We Trust.".

In 1931, at the age of 22 years old, Bessie was alive when on May 1st, the Empire State Building opened in New York City. At 1,454 feet (including the roof and antenna), it was the tallest building in the world until the World Trade Center's North Tower was built in 1970. (It is now the 34th tallest.) Opening at the beginning of the Great Depression, most of the offices in the Empire State Building remained unoccupied for years and the observation deck was an equal source of revenue and kept the building profitable.

In 1948, Bessie was 39 years old when on May 14th, the State of Israel was proclaimed by David Ben-Gurion, who became Israel's first Premier, and the U.S. officially recognized Israel. That evening, Egypt launched an air assault on Israel.

In 1978, at the age of 69 years old, Bessie was alive when on July 25th, Louise Brown, the first "test-tube baby", was born at Oldham Hospital in London. Louise was conceived through IVF (in vitro fertilization), a controversial and experimental procedure at the time.

In 1990, in the year of Bessie Petrathelis's passing, on April 24th, the Hubble telescope was launched into space after long delays due to the Challenger explosion. An optical flaw was found within weeks of launch but was fixed within three years. The discoveries made possible by the Hubble have contributed to scientists' understanding of the universe.

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