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Betty S Harris (1929 - 1999)

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Betty S Harris
1929 - 1999
Born
December 19, 1929
Death
September 24, 1999
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Hamilton, Hamilton County, Texas 76531
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Betty S Harris was born on December 19, 1929. She died on September 24, 1999 at 69 years of age. We know that Betty S Harris had been residing in Hamilton, Hamilton County, Texas 76531.
Updated: November 8, 2011
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Betty S Harris passed away on September 24, 1999 at 69 years old. She was born on December 19, 1929. There is no information about Betty's immediate family. We know that Betty S Harris had been residing in Hamilton, Hamilton County, Texas 76531.
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In 1929, in the year that Betty S Harris was born, on October 29th (Black Tuesday), the stock market crashed in the United States. Billions of dollars were lost and some investors committed suicide as a result, having lost their fortunes. This ushered in the 12 year, worldwide Great Depression.

In 1935, she was merely 6 years old when on September 8th, Louisiana Senator Huey Long was shot by Dr. Carl Weiss. Weiss was shot and killed immediately by Long's bodyguards - Long died two days later from his injuries. Long had received many death threats previously, as well as threats against his family. He was a powerful and controversial figure in Louisiana politics (and probably gained power through multiple criminal acts). His opponents became frustrated with their attempts to oust him and Dr. Weiss was the son-in-law of one of those opponents. His funeral was attended by 200,000 mourners.

In 1968, Betty was 39 years old when on April 4th, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights leader, was shot and killed by an assassin in Memphis. James Earl Ray was apprehended and plead guilty to shooting Dr. King. Ray died in jail in 1998.

In 1976, Betty was 47 years old when on August 4th, a mysterious illness struck an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Within a week, 25 people had died and 130 people had been hospitalized. It was the first known instance of what came to be called "Legionnaires Disease."

In 1980, Betty was 51 years old when on April 24th, a rescue attempt was begun in the Iranian Hostage Crisis. The attempt failed and 8 US servicemen were killed. Eight helicopters had been sent for the mission, but only 5 arrived in operating condition., Since the military had advised that the mission be aborted if there were fewer than 6 helicopters, President Carter stopped it. Upon leaving, a helicopter collided with a transport plane and the men were killed.

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