Dorothy Whitcomb (1897 - 1980)

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Dorothy Whitcomb
1897 - 1980
updated February 06, 2019
Dorothy Whitcomb was born on August 26, 1897. She died in December 1980 at age 83. We know that Dorothy Whitcomb had been residing in Lake Forest, Orange County, California 92630.


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Dorothy Whitcomb passed away in December 1980 at age 83. She was born on August 26, 1897. We are unaware of information about Dorothy's family. We know that Dorothy Whitcomb had been residing in Lake Forest, Orange County, California 92630.
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In 1897, in the year that Dorothy Whitcomb was born, on September 21st, editor and publisher Francis P. Church responded to a letter to the editor from Virginia O'Hanlon, 8 years old. Virginia's father had told her that "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." So she wrote to the Sun, asking if there was a Santa Claus. Church responded with the now famous editorial "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus".

In 1918, at the age of 21 years old, Dorothy was alive when in July, Russian revolutionaries executed the former Tzar Nicholas II and his immediate family. While it was rumored that two of the children had survived, it was later proven through DNA analysis - when their bodies were found - that the entire family had been killed.

In 1920, she was 23 years old when 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 1946, when she was 49 years old, pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock's book "The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care" was published. It sold half a million copies in the first six months. Aside from the Bible, it became the best selling book of the 20th century. A generation of Baby Boomers were raised by the advice of Dr. Spock.

In 1980, in the year of Dorothy Whitcomb's passing, 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.

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Nov 15, 1884 - October 1972
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Vernon W Whitcomb
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Sep 7, 1939 - Dec 28, 1994
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Jan 20, 1940 - Sep 2, 2004
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Nov 24, 1951 - Apr 10, 2004
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Apr 17, 1893 - February 1965
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Jun 22, 1917 - Nov 18, 2006
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John L Whitcomb
Jul 20, 1916 - Oct 18, 2006
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Eunice F Whitcomb
Sep 3, 1914 - Aug 12, 2003
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Edisene Whitcomb
Feb 11, 1930 - June 1970
Virginia J Whitcomb
Jul 13, 1920 - Mar 20, 2000
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Guy Whitcomb
Nov 10, 1866 - January 1963
Karen Ann Whitcomb
Sep 20, 1940 - Apr 29, 2010
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May 12, 1896 - February 1984
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