Catherine Wilson (1897 - 1987)

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Bremerton, Kitsap County, Washington

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1897 - In the year that Catherine Wilson was born, in the January 22nd issue of "Engineering", the word "computer" was first used to refer to a mechanical calculation device. Previously - since the 17th century - the term computer meant "one who computes" and referred to human beings who worked with numbers.

1907 - At the age of merely 10 years old, Catherine was alive when in October, over a 3 week period, the New York stock exchange fell almost 50% from the previous year's high mark. Public panic ensued and there were runs on banks since the U.S. was in the middle of a recession. J.P. Morgan offered his own fortune to back the banks and he was followed by other financiers. This temporarily shored up the banking system, stopping the immediate panic. All of this led to the creation of the Federal Reserve.

1961 - At the age of 64 years old, Catherine was alive when on January 20th, John F. Kennedy became the 35th President of the United States. He had previously been a U.S. Senator and a Congressman, both from the state of Massachusetts, as well as a Naval lieutenant in World War II.

1980 - At the age of 83 years old, Catherine was alive 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.

1987 - In the year of Catherine Wilson's passing, was the first time that a criminal in the United States - a serial rapist - was convicted through the use of DNA evidence.

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Catherine Wilson died in March 1987 at 89 years of age. There is no known cause of death for Catherine. She was born on May 16, 1897. We have no information about Catherine's surviving family. We know that Catherine Wilson had been residing in Bremerton, Kitsap County, Washington.

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