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Celia Jaarsma (1902 - 1979)

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Celia Jaarsma
1902 - 1979
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January 21, 1902
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October 1979
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Pella, Marion County, Iowa 50219
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Celia Jaarsma was born on January 21, 1902. She died in October 1979 at age 77. We know that Celia Jaarsma had been residing in Pella, Marion County, Iowa 50219.
Updated: November 8, 2011
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Celia Jaarsma died in October 1979 at 77 years old. She was born on January 21, 1902. There is no information about Celia's family. We know that Celia Jaarsma had been residing in Pella, Marion County, Iowa 50219.
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1902 - 1979 World Events

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In 1902, in the year that Celia Jaarsma was born, the Aswan Low Dam (the old Aswan Dam) began construction in Egypt in 1899 and was completed in 1902 - making it the largest masonry dam in the world at the time. The dam was built on the Nile River in order to conserve water and regulate flooding, allowing for population increase along the Nile.

In 1920, Celia was 18 years old when on November 2, radio station KDKA began broadcasting in Pittsburgh, PA. This was the first commercial radio broadcast in the United States. Westinghouse, a leading manufacturer of radios and the backer of the station, chose the date because of the Presidential election. People liked it because they could hear about the results of the election between Harding and Cox before the morning papers arrived. Four years later, there were 600 commercial stations broadcasting in the U.S.

In 1944, at the age of 42 years old, Celia was alive when on November 7th, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was reelected to a fourth term as President of the United States. Running against Thomas Dewey, Governor of New York, Roosevelt won 53.4 of the popular vote, Dewey got 45.9%.

In 1951, when she was 49 years old, on April 5th, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (husband and wife) were sentenced to death for treason. They were executed on June 19th. American citizens, they were convicted of spying for the Soviet Union. Their two young sons were adopted by a high school teacher and his wife.

In 1979, in the year of Celia Jaarsma's passing, on March 28th, a partial nuclear meltdown occurred at the power plant at Three Mile Island Pennsylvania. Radiation leaked into the environment, resulting in a rating of 5 on a scale of 7 ("Accident With Wider Consequences") . It ended up costing $1 billion to clean up the site.

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