Donna M Beard (1920 - 2005)

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Donna M Beard
1920 - 2005
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April 23, 1920
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July 19, 2005
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Wonder Lake, McHenry County, Illinois 60097
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Donna M Beard was born on April 23, 1920. She died on July 19, 2005 at age 85. We know that Donna M Beard had been residing in Wonder Lake, McHenry County, Illinois 60097.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Donna M Beard passed away on July 19, 2005 at age 85. She was born on April 23, 1920. We are unaware of information about Donna's surviving family. We know that Donna M Beard had been residing in Wonder Lake, McHenry County, Illinois 60097.

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In 1920, in the year that Donna M Beard was born, the Volstead Act became law. Formally called the National Prohibition Act, the Volstead Act enabled law enforcement agencies to carry out the 18th Amendment. It said that "no person shall manufacture, sell, barter, transport, import, export, deliver, or furnish any intoxicating liquor except as authorized by this act" and defined intoxicating liquor as any beverage containing more than 0.5% alcohol by volume.

In 1931, by the time she was just 11 years old, in March, “The Star Spangled Banner” officially became the national anthem by congressional resolution. Other songs had previously been used - among them, "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", "God Bless America", and "America the Beautiful". There was fierce debate about making "The Star Spangled Banner" the national anthem - Southerners and veterans organizations supported it, pacifists and educators opposed it.

In 1970, Donna was 50 years old 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 1985, at the age of 65 years old, Donna was alive when in May, a paper published in Nature by three British scientists reported that a huge hole was discovered in the ozone layer over the Antarctic. It was much larger than expected and is due to the use of manmade chemicals.

In 1995, when she was 75 years old, on September 3rd, eBay was founded in San Jose California. Beginning as simply a place for Pierre Omidyar's girlfriend (now wife) to share her Pez passion and collection online, the site has become a multibillion-dollar business and operates in 30 countries.

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