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Erna Thesen (1908 - 1995)

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Erna Thesen
1908 - 1995
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September 6, 1908
Death
March 29, 1995
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Visalia, Tulare County, California 93292
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Erna Thesen was born on September 6, 1908. She died on March 29, 1995 at 86 years of age. We know that Erna Thesen had been residing in Visalia, Tulare County, California 93292.
Updated: November 11, 2011
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Erna Thesen passed away on March 29, 1995 at 86 years of age. She was born on September 6, 1908. There is no information about Erna's surviving family. We know that Erna Thesen had been residing in Visalia, Tulare County, California 93292.
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In 1908, in the year that Erna Thesen was born, Henry Ford developed the first Model T automobile, often called the Tin Lizzy or flivver. Produced from 1908 through 1927, it first sold for $850 - which made it affordable for every middle class family. Previously, cars were the province of the upper class and the introduction of the Model T and its availability changed U.S. culture. Within days of its release, over 15,000 cars had been ordered.

In 1921, at the age of just 13 years old, Erna was alive when on November 11th, the first burial was held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. The body of an unknown soldier - selected by Army Sgt. Edward F. Younger who was highly decorated for valor and received the Distinguished Service Cross in "The Great War" - was brought back from France (World War 1) and placed in the newly completed tomb. President Warren G. Harding officiated at the interment ceremonies.

In 1974, at the age of 66 years old, Erna 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 1988, Erna was 80 years old when on December 21st, Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie Scotland. The explosion killed all 259 people on board and another 11 on the ground. The flight had left Heathrow Airport in London less than an hour before, on its way to New York. After an exhaustive (and long) investigation it came to be believed that two individuals from Libya had planted the bomb.

In 1995, in the year of Erna Thesen's passing, on September 3rd, eBay was founded in San Jose California. Beginning as simply a place for Pierre Omidyar's girlfriend (now wife) to share her Pez passion and collection online, the site has become a multibillion-dollar business and operates in 30 countries.

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