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Dora Cepeda (1926 - 2001)

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Dora Cepeda
1926 - 2001
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June 24, 1926
Death
June 5, 2001
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West Covina, Los Angeles County, California 91790
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Dora Cepeda was born on June 24, 1926. She died on June 5, 2001 at 74 years of age. We know that Dora Cepeda had been residing in West Covina, Los Angeles County, California 91790.
Updated: October 5, 2011
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Dora Cepeda passed away on June 5, 2001 at age 74. She was born on June 24, 1926. There is no information about Dora's surviving family. We know that Dora Cepeda had been residing in West Covina, Los Angeles County, California 91790.
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1926 - 2001 World Events

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In 1926, in the year that Dora Cepeda was born, on October 31st, Harry Houdini died in Michigan. Houdini was the most famed magician of his time and perhaps of all time, especially for his acts involving escapes - from handcuffs, straitjackets, chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, and more. He was president of the Society of American Magicians and stringently upheld professional ethics. He died of complications from a ruptured appendix. Although he had received a blow to the area a couple of days previously, the connection between the blow and his appendicitis is disputed.

In 1935, at the age of only 9 years old, Dora was alive when on September 8th, Louisiana Senator Huey Long was shot by Dr. Carl Weiss. Weiss was shot and killed immediately by Long's bodyguards - Long died two days later from his injuries. Long had received many death threats previously, as well as threats against his family. He was a powerful and controversial figure in Louisiana politics (and probably gained power through multiple criminal acts). His opponents became frustrated with their attempts to oust him and Dr. Weiss was the son-in-law of one of those opponents. His funeral was attended by 200,000 mourners.

In 1957, by the time she was 31 years old, on October 4th, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the first man made earth-orbiting satellite - and triggered the Space Race. Sputnik I was only 23 inches in diameter and had no tracking equipment, only 4 antennas, but it had a big impact.

In 1988, at the age of 62 years old, Dora was alive when on December 21st, Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie Scotland. The explosion killed all 259 people on board and another 11 on the ground. The flight had left Heathrow Airport in London less than an hour before, on its way to New York. After an exhaustive (and long) investigation it came to be believed that two individuals from Libya had planted the bomb.

In 1990, Dora was 64 years old when after 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela, the leader of the movement to end South African apartheid was released on February 11th 1990.

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