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Doris Miller (1896 - 1983)

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Doris Miller
1896 - 1983
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July 3, 1896
Death
September 1983
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Rialto, San Bernardino County, California 92376
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Doris Miller was born on July 3, 1896. She died in September 1983 at 87 years old. We know that Doris Miller had been residing in Rialto, San Bernardino County, California 92376.
Updated: October 6, 2011
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Doris Miller passed away in September 1983 at age 87. She was born on July 3, 1896. We are unaware of information about Doris' surviving family. We know that Doris Miller had been residing in Rialto, San Bernardino County, California 92376.
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In 1896, in the year that Doris Miller was born, on January 28th, the first ticket for speeding - called "furious driving" - was issued. Walter Arnold of Kent England was fined 1 shilling plus costs - for going 8 mph. The speed limit was 2 mph.

In 1904, Doris was merely 8 years old when the United States acquired the Panama Canal Zone. Now an unincorporated territory of the U.S., the Canal Zone had been previously held by the French, who were constructing a canal. The U.S. took over the construction of the Panama Canal and it was finally finished in 1914, when it was opened to commercial shipping. The United States held the Canal Zone until 1979.

In 1962, she was 66 years old when on October 1st, African-American James H. Meredith, escorted by federal marshals, registered at the University of Mississippi - becoming the first African-American student admitted to the segregated college. He had been inspired by President Kennedy's inaugural address to apply for admission.

In 1975, Doris was 79 years old when in January, Popular Mechanics featured the Altair 8800 on it's cover. The Altair home computer kit allowed consumers to build and program their own personal computers. Thousands were sold in the first month.

In 1983, in the year of Doris Miller's passing, "crack" cocaine was developed in the Bahamas and spread to the United States. Previously, cocaine had been cut with other substances, diluting it. Crack was 80% pure and therefore was more addictive. It was also cheaper, making it more easily available to low income neighborhoods.

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