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Despina Ovanesian (1918 - 2000)

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Despina Ovanesian
1918 - 2000
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October 28, 1918
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April 15, 2000
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Woodside, Queens County, New York 11377
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Despina Ovanesian was born on October 28, 1918. She died on April 15, 2000 at 81 years old. We know that Despina Ovanesian had been residing in Woodside, Queens County, New York 11377.
Updated: October 3, 2011
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Despina Ovanesian passed away on April 15, 2000 at age 81. She was born on October 28, 1918. We have no information about Despina's immediate family. We know that Despina Ovanesian had been residing in Woodside, Queens County, New York 11377.
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In 1918, in the year that Despina Ovanesian was born, on November 1, an elevated train on the Brooklyn line of the subway - driven by an inexperienced operator because of a strike - tried to navigate a turn at 30mph. The limit on the curve was 6 mph. The 2nd and 3rd cars of the 5 car wooden train were badly damaged and at least 93 people were killed, making it the deadliest crash in New York subway history.

In 1927, she was only 9 years old when the first "talkie" (a movie with music, songs, and talking), The Jazz Singer, was released. Al Jolson starred as a cantor's son who instead of following in his father's footsteps as expected, becomes a singer of popular songs. Banished by his father, they reconcile on his father's deathbed. It was a tear-jerker and audiences went wild - especially when they heard the songs. Thus begun the demise of silent films and the rise of "talkies".

In 1966, when she was 48 years old, on July 1st, Medicare became available after President Johnson signed into law the Medicare Act in 1965. President Truman had received the first Medicare card since he had been the first to propose national healthcare law. insurance.

In 1980, at the age of 62 years old, Despina 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.

In 1998, by the time she was 80 years old, on December 19th, the movie Titanic - based on the 1912 sinking of the ship and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet - was released. Winning 11 Oscars, it was the first film to gross over a billion dollars and eventually grossed over $2 billion.

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