Catherine G Bernard (1923 - 2011)

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Catherine G Bernard
1923 - 2011
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February 2, 1923
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March 31, 2011
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New Orleans, Orleans County, Louisiana 70128
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Catherine G Bernard was born on February 2, 1923. She died on March 31, 2011 at 88 years of age. We know that Catherine G Bernard had been residing in New Orleans, Orleans County, Louisiana 70128.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Catherine G Bernard passed away on March 31, 2011 at 88 years old. She was born on February 2, 1923. We are unaware of information about Catherine's surviving family. We know that Catherine G Bernard had been residing in New Orleans, Orleans County, Louisiana 70128.

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In 1923, in the year that Catherine G Bernard was born, Harlem's Cotton Club opened in New York City. Owned by a bootlegger and gangster, it was a 700 seat speakeasy that catered to a "white only" clientele. But most of the entertainers were African-American and featured some of the best entertainers of the time such as Lena Horne, the Nicholas Brothers, Ethel Waters, and Cab Calloway.

In 1931, by the time she was only 8 years old, 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 1942, Catherine was 19 years old when from January 7th through April 9th, the Battle of Bataan was fought in the Philippines. At the end of the battle, the U.S. and Filipino forces surrendered and a three-year occupation of the Philippines by Japan began. Between 60,000 and 80,000 American and Filipino soldiers surrendered and were marched around 60 to 69 miles - most were beaten, abused, or killed. Named the Bataan Death March, it was later declared to be a war crime.

In 1960, she was 37 years old when on September 26th, the first televised debate for a Presidential campaign in the United States - Kennedy vs Nixon - was held. Seventy million people watched the debate on TV. The debate pre-empted the very popular Andy Griffith Show.

In 1971, Catherine was 48 years old when in March, Congress passed the Twenty-sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which lowered the voting age to 18 (from 21). It was a response to the criticism that men could fight at 18, but not vote for the policies and politicians who sent them to war. The states quickly ratified the Amendment and it was signed into law on July 1st by President Richard Nixon.

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