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Edith Johnston (1895 - 1985)

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Edith Johnston
1895 - 1985
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March 10, 1895
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January 1985
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Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania 19606
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Edith Johnston was born on March 10, 1895. She died in January 1985 at age 89. We know that Edith Johnston had been residing in Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania 19606.
Updated: October 7, 2011
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Edith Johnston died in January 1985 at age 89. She was born on March 10, 1895. We are unaware of information about Edith's family. We know that Edith Johnston had been residing in Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania 19606.
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In 1895, in the year that Edith Johnston was born, on May 18th, Italy's first motor race was held. The race was 58 miles long - from Turin to Asti and back. Five cars started but only three completed the race. It was won by Simone Federman who drove a Daimler Omnibus - his average speed was 9.6 mph.

In 1911, she was 16 years old when British physicist Ernest Rutherford (born in New Zealand), along with German physicist Hans Geiger, discovered the structure of an atom. He found that atoms had nuclei (a nucleus) and were circled by electrons, much as planets orbit the sun.

In 1938, at the age of 43 years old, Edith was alive when on October 30th, a Sunday, The Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast Orson Welles' special Halloween show The War of the World's. A clever take on H.G. Wells' novel, the show began with simulated "breaking news" of an invasion by Martians. Because of the realistic nature of the "news," there was a public outcry the next day, calling for regulation by the FCC. Although the current story is that many were fooled and panicked, in reality very few people were fooled. But the show made Orson Welles' career.

In 1974, at the age of 79 years old, Edith was alive when on February 5th, Patty Hearst, age 19 - granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst and daughter of publisher of the San Francisco Examiner Randolph Hearst - was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army, a left wing terrorist group. She was found, alive, 19 months later.

In 1985, in the year of Edith Johnston's passing, in May, a paper published in Nature by three British scientists reported that a huge hole was discovered in the ozone layer over the Antarctic. It was much larger than expected and is due to the use of manmade chemicals.

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