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Dorothy Pearson (1880 - 1971)

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Dorothy Pearson
1880 - 1971
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April 8, 1880
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December 1971
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Petaluma, Sonoma County, California 94952
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Dorothy Pearson was born on April 8, 1880. She died in December 1971 at age 91. We know that Dorothy Pearson had been residing in Petaluma, Sonoma County, California 94952.
Updated: November 11, 2011
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Dorothy Pearson passed away in December 1971 at 91 years old. She was born on April 8, 1880. We have no information about Dorothy's family or relationships. We know that Dorothy Pearson had been residing in Petaluma, Sonoma County, California 94952.
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In 1880, in the year that Dorothy Pearson was born, in October, the "Blizzard of 1880" began in North America - considered the most severe winter ever known in the US. Many areas were snowbound throughout the whole winter, which was made famous in Laura Ingalls Wilder's book The Long Winter.

In 1920, by the time she was 40 years old, in September, a bomb exploded in the J.P. Morgan bank building in New York City, killing 30 people immediately - 8 later died due to their injuries - and injuring another 200. Killing more people than the 1910 bombing of the LA Times (the deadliest terrorist act up until then), no one took responsibility and the perpetrators were never found. Italian anarchists were suspected of the bombing.

In 1942, she was 62 years old when due to World War II, automobile production in the United States was stopped on February 1st. A tire rationing program had begun the month before. Detroit - the main hub of car manufacturing - was ordered to free up assembly lines for military production. The president of the Automobile Manufacturers Association said “The automotive industry is in this war all the way". Some dealerships had to close and others expanded their repair shops. The used car market boomed (as did a black market in used cars).

In 1958, at the age of 78 years old, Dorothy was alive when on January 1st, the European Economic Community (Common Market) came into operation. The first members were France, West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. The Common Market was formed as a way to strengthen members' economies and deter wars in Europe.

In 1971, in the year of Dorothy Pearson's passing, in March, Congress passed the Twenty-sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which lowered the voting age to 18 (from 21). It was a response to the criticism that men could fight at 18, but not vote for the policies and politicians who sent them to war. The states quickly ratified the Amendment and it was signed into law on July 1st by President Richard Nixon.

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