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Debra K Gibson (1962 - 1988)

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Debra K Gibson
1962 - 1988
Born
March 1, 1962
Death
May 7, 1988
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Rochelle, Ogle County, Illinois 61068
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Debra K Gibson was born on March 1, 1962. She died on May 7, 1988 at 26 years of age. We know that Debra K Gibson had been residing in Rochelle, Ogle County, Illinois 61068.
Updated: October 8, 2011
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Debra K Gibson passed away on May 7, 1988 at 26 years of age. She was born on March 1, 1962. There is no information about Debra's family. We know that Debra K Gibson had been residing in Rochelle, Ogle County, Illinois 61068.
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In 1962, in the year that Debra K Gibson was born, on February 20th, Lt. Col. John H. Glenn, Jr. became the first American to orbit the Earth. The Friendship 7 flew three times around the earth in 4 hours and 55 minutes. At age 77, Glenn returned to space - the oldest person to fly in space.

In 1970, at the age of only 8 years old, Debra was alive when on May 4th, four students at Kent State University in Ohio were shot and killed by National Guardsmen. The students were at a peaceful demonstration protesting the invasion of Cambodia by US forces. There had been precedent for the killing of American college students. The previous year, on May 15th, Alameda County Sheriffs used shotguns against U.C. Berkeley students at a protest for People's Park. One student died, one was blinded, 128 were injured.

In 1971, she was just 9 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.

In 1988, in the year of Debra K Gibson's passing, on December 16th, 1988 the popular film Rain Man was released. Featuring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. this film brought attention to autistic savants and was based on the "megasavant" Laurence Kim Peek. The film would later go to win four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and Best Actor in a Leading Role.

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