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Esther Legum (1898 - 1980)

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Esther Legum
1898 - 1980
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August 8, 1898
Death
November 1980
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Norfolk, Norfolk City County, Virginia 23507
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Esther Legum was born on August 8, 1898. She died in November 1980 at age 82. We know that Esther Legum had been residing in Norfolk, Norfolk City County, Virginia 23507.
Updated: October 7, 2011
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Esther Legum passed away in November 1980 at 82 years of age. She was born on August 8, 1898. We have no information about Esther's surviving family. We know that Esther Legum had been residing in Norfolk, Norfolk City County, Virginia 23507.
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In 1898, in the year that Esther Legum was born, on February 15th, the USS Maine exploded and sank in Havana harbor. The reason for the explosion has never been found, but it killed 266 men. "Remember the Maine" became a rallying cry and precipitated the United States' declaration of war on Spain two months later - the beginning of the Spanish-American War. On December 10th, the war ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris. The Treaty gave the U.S. Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Guam - for $20 million - and, temporarily, Cuba.

In 1906, by the time she was merely 8 years old, Finland became the first European country to give women the vote and to allow them to run for political office. (Women in Australia and New Zealand already had that right but couldn't run for office.) Although Finland belonged to the Russian Empire, there was great unrest and the Tsar wanted to broker a quick peace. As a part of the brokered peace, women got the vote.

In 1957, when she was 59 years old, on October 4th, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the first man made earth-orbiting satellite - and triggered the Space Race. Sputnik I was only 23 inches in diameter and had no tracking equipment, only 4 antennas, but it had a big impact.

In 1979, when she was 81 years old, on March 28th, a partial nuclear meltdown occurred at the power plant at Three Mile Island Pennsylvania. Radiation leaked into the environment, resulting in a rating of 5 on a scale of 7 ("Accident With Wider Consequences") . It ended up costing $1 billion to clean up the site.

In 1980, in the year of Esther Legum's passing, on December 8th, ex-Beatle John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman in front of his home - the Dakota - in New York City. Chapman was found guilty of murder and still remains in jail.

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