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Essie Cummins (1915 - 2008)

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Essie Cummins
1915 - 2008
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September 13, 1915
Death
May 26, 2008
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Grenada, Grenada County, Mississippi 38901
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Essie Cummins was born on September 13, 1915. She died on May 26, 2008 at 92 years old. We know that Essie Cummins had been residing in Grenada, Grenada County, Mississippi 38901.
Updated: November 13, 2011
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Essie Cummins passed away on May 26, 2008 at 92 years old. She was born on September 13, 1915. We are unaware of information about Essie's surviving family. We know that Essie Cummins had been residing in Grenada, Grenada County, Mississippi 38901.
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In 1915, in the year that Essie Cummins was born, the Germans first used poison gas as a weapon at the second Battle of Ypres during World War I. While noxious gases had been used since ancient times, this was the first use of poisonous gas - in this case, lethal chlorine gas - in modern war. Subsequently, the French and British - as well as the United States when they entered World War 1 - developed and used lethal gas in war.

In 1933, by the time she was 18 years old, on December 5th, the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified. The 21st Amendment said "The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed." Alcohol was legal again! It was the only amendment to the Constitution approved for the explicit purpose of repealing a previously existing amendment. South Carolina was the only state to reject the Amendment.

In 1943, she was 28 years old when on March 31st, the Broadway musical Oklahoma! opened. Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (the first of their string of successful collaborations), audiences loved it. The musical ran for 2,212 performances originally and was made into a movie in 1954.

In 1957, Essie was 42 years old when on September 24th, the "Little Rock Nine" (nine African-American students) entered Little Rock High School. Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus had previously prevented the students from entering the school at the beginning of the term with the Arkansas National Guard - they blocked the door. President Eisenhower ordered federal troops - the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army - to guard the students and allow them entry.

In 1993, by the time she was 78 years old, on February 26th, a truck bomb exploded in the garage under the North Tower of the World Trade Center. While the bomb didn't do what was planned (collapse the North Tower into the South Tower), it did kill six people and injured thousands of people.

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