Elsie Ruff (1913 - 1991)

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Elsie Ruff
1913 - 1991
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March 20, 1913
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July 31, 1991
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Chicago, Cook County, Illinois 60637
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Elsie Ruff was born on March 20, 1913. She died on July 31, 1991 at 78 years old. We know that Elsie Ruff had been residing in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois 60637.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Elsie Ruff passed away on July 31, 1991 at 78 years of age. She was born on March 20, 1913. There is no information about Elsie's family. We know that Elsie Ruff had been residing in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois 60637.

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In 1913, in the year that Elsie Ruff was born, the 17th Amendment, establishing the direct election of U.S. Senators, was adopted. Previously, Senators were elected by state legislatures. As early as 1826, a call to elect senators through popular vote was championed and previous to the 17th amendment, two states had already changed their process. Governors are still able to appoint senators to vacant seats until an election can be held.

In 1927, she was only 14 years old when in September, the Columbia Broadcasting System (later called CBS) became the second national radio network in the U.S. The first broadcast was a presentation by the Howard Barlow Orchestra from radio station WOR in Newark, New Jersey.

In 1966, she was 53 years old when on September 8th, the first Star Trek episode, "The Man Trap," was broadcast on NBC. The plot concerned a creature that sucked salt from human bodies. The original series only aired for 3 seasons due to low ratings.

In 1983, she was 70 years old when on August 30th, the Soviet Union claimed that a South Korean Boeing 747 jetliner (Flight 007), bound for Seoul from New York City, had strayed into Soviet airspace. Saying that they believed it to be a U.S. spy plane, the passenger jet was shot down by a Soviet SU-15 fighter - after it had tracked the airliner for two hours. All 269 passengers (including a U.S. Representative from Georgia) and crew were killed.

In 1991, in the year of Elsie Ruff's passing, on November 7th, legendary basketball player Magic Johnson announced that he had HIV. In 1991, the public was confused about the difference between HIV and AIDS (HIV is a virus that can lead to AIDS) and there was little treatment for either. Most thought that Johnson would die within a year or so. Also, the transmission of AIDS wasn't understood so he had to retire from basketball. Magic Johnson is still alive and well.

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