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Betty Jo Hale (1934 - 2009)

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Betty Jo Hale
1934 - 2009
Born
February 8, 1934
Death
October 28, 2009
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Whitney, Hill County, Texas 76692
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Betty Jo Hale was born on February 8, 1934. She died on October 28, 2009 at 75 years old. We know that Betty Jo Hale had been residing in Whitney, Hill County, Texas 76692.
Updated: November 8, 2011
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Betty Jo Hale died on October 28, 2009 at age 75. She was born on February 8, 1934. We are unaware of information about Betty's immediate family. We know that Betty Jo Hale had been residing in Whitney, Hill County, Texas 76692.
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In 1934, in the year that Betty Jo Hale was born, on November 11th 1933, an extremely strong dust storm hit South Dakota, stripping topsoil. Other strong dust storms had occurred during 1933. Severe droughts continued to hit the Great Plains and the dust storms devastated agricultural production as well as people's' lives for several years. The Roosevelt administration and scientists eventually determined that farming practices had caused the conditions that led to the dust storms and the changes they implemented in farming stopped the Dust Bowl.

In 1943, she was just 9 years old when on March 31st, the Broadway musical Oklahoma! opened. Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (the first of their string of successful collaborations), audiences loved it. The musical ran for 2,212 performances originally and was made into a movie in 1954.

In 1975, Betty was 41 years old when on September 5th, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme tried to assassinate President Ford in Sacramento, California. She failed when her gun wouldn't fire. President Ford escaped a second assassination attempt 17 days later on September 22 when Sarah Jane Moore tried to shoot him in San Francisco. A bystander saw her raise her arm, grabbed it, and the shot went wild.

In 1987, by the time she was 53 years old, on October 19th, stock exchanges around the world crashed. Beginning in Hong Kong then spreading to Europe, the crash then hit the United States. It was called Black Monday. The Dow Jones fell 508 points to 1,738.74 (22.61%).

In 1991, she was 57 years old when on November 7th, legendary basketball player Magic Johnson announced that he had HIV. In 1991, the public was confused about the difference between HIV and AIDS (HIV is a virus that can lead to AIDS) and there was little treatment for either. Most thought that Johnson would die within a year or so. Also, the transmission of AIDS wasn't understood so he had to retire from basketball. Magic Johnson is still alive and well.

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