Ellen Thompson (1890 - 1987)

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Greenwood, Leflore County, Mississippi

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1890 - In the year that Ellen Thompson was born, on October 9th, in Satory, France, the first fixed-wing, steam powered aircraft flew. "Ader Éole" flew, uncontrolled, for about 160 ft. at a height of just under 8 inches off the ground.

1908 - At the age of 18 years old, Ellen was alive when a 7.1 earthquake and the resulting tsunami killed 70,000 to 100,000 people in southern Italy and Sicily. The earthquake, lasting 30 to 40 seconds, occurred in the Strait of Messina which was between the region of Calabria (at the "toe" of Italy) and the island of Sicily and destruction from it occurred in a 186 mile radius. It was the most destructive earthquake ever to hit Europe.

1945 - When she was 55 years old, on February 19th, US Marines landed on the island of Iwo Jima and the Battle of Iwo Jima began. Lasting 5 weeks, it was some of the bloodiest and fiercest fighting in the Pacific theater during World War II. The occupying Japanese forces were heavily armed and there were 21,000 Japanese soldiers on the island at the beginning of the battle. Only 216 Japanese soldiers were captured afterwards - the rest had been killed in action or committed suicide. 6,800 American soldiers died but the Americans took control of the island.

1981 - By the time she was 91 years old, on August 1st, MTV debuted. It was the first music video TV channel. The first music video played was the Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" - the second was Pat Benatar's "You Better Run".

1987 - In the year of Ellen Thompson'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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Ellen Thompson passed away in February 1987 at 96 years of age. There is no known cause of death. She was born on May 16, 1890. We have no information about Ellen's family. We know that Ellen Thompson had been residing in Greenwood, Leflore County, Mississippi.

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