Dorothea Gilliland (1891 - 1987)

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Saint Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida

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1891 - In the year that Dorothea Gilliland was born, from March 9th through the 12th, a blizzard hit the south and west of England. Called the Great Blizzard of 1891, it led to snow drifts of up to 15 feet and killed 200 people and 6,000 animals. Fourteen ships sank.

1929 - When she was 38 years old, American Samoa officially became a U.S. territory. Although a part of the United States since 1900, the Ratification Act of 1929 vested "all civil, judicial, and military powers in the President of the United States of America".

1944 - At the age of 53 years old, Dorothea was alive when on June 6th, the largest amphibious invasion in history was launched - the Normandy landing (called D-Day). Soldiers from the United States, Britain, Canada, and the Free French landed on Normandy Beach and were later joined by Poland, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Greece, and the Netherlands. Almost 5,000 landing and assault craft, 289 escort vessels, and 277 minesweepers were involved. Nearly 160,000 troops crossed the English Channel on D-Day - Allied casualties on the first day were at least 10,000. 4,414 were confirmed dead.

1980 - Dorothea was 89 years old 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.

1987 - In the year of Dorothea Gilliland's passing, was the first time that a criminal in the United States - a serial rapist - was convicted through the use of DNA evidence.

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Dorothea Gilliland passed away in March 1987 at age 95. No cause of death has been entered for Dorothea. She was born on December 14, 1891. We have no information about Dorothea's family. We know that Dorothea Gilliland had been residing in Saint Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida.

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