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Elsie G Kent (1897 - 1994)

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Elsie G Kent
1897 - 1994
Born
July 25, 1897
Death
January 7, 1994
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Carroll, Carroll County, Iowa 51401
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Elsie G Kent was born on July 25, 1897. She died on January 7, 1994 at age 96. We know that Elsie G Kent had been residing in Carroll, Carroll County, Iowa 51401.
Updated: November 8, 2011
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Elsie G Kent passed away on January 7, 1994 at 96 years of age. She was born on July 25, 1897. We are unaware of information about Elsie's immediate family. We know that Elsie G Kent had been residing in Carroll, Carroll County, Iowa 51401.
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1897 - 1994 World Events

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In 1897, in the year that Elsie G Kent 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 1907, she was merely 10 years old when in October, over a 3 week period, the New York stock exchange fell almost 50% from the previous year's high mark. Public panic ensued and there were runs on banks since the U.S. was in the middle of a recession. J.P. Morgan offered his own fortune to back the banks and he was followed by other financiers. This temporarily shored up the banking system, stopping the immediate panic. All of this led to the creation of the Federal Reserve.

In 1928, Elsie was 31 years old when aviatrix Amelia Earhart, age 31, became the first woman to fly solo across North America and back in August. In June, she had been part of a 3 man crew that flew the Atlantic Ocean but since she had no instrument training, she couldn't fly the plane - she kept the flight log. The North American flight became one of her many "firsts" as a female pilot.

In 1972, she was 75 years old when on September 5th, the Palestinian terrorist group Black September, with the assistance of German neo-nazis, kidnapped and killed 11 Israeli athletes at the Olympic Games in Munich. The attackers crept into the Olympic Village and abducted the athletes while they were sleeping. A German policeman was also killed.

In 1994, in the year of Elsie G Kent's passing, on May 6th, the Channel Tunnel or "Chunnel" was officially opened. The Chunnel is a railway tunnel beneath the English Channel that connects Great Britain to mainland France. Original plans for such a tunnel were developed in 1802 and approved by Napoleon Bonaparte but the British rejected the plan fearing that Napoleon would use the railway to invade.

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