Ethel Waters (1904 - 1983)

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Ethel Waters
1904 - 1983
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February 16, 1904
Death
August 1983
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Malta, Phillips County, Montana 59538
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Ethel Waters was born on February 16, 1904. She died in August 1983 at 79 years old. We know that Ethel Waters had been residing in Malta, Phillips County, Montana 59538.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Ethel Waters passed away in August 1983 at age 79. She was born on February 16, 1904. We have no information about Ethel's family. We know that Ethel Waters had been residing in Malta, Phillips County, Montana 59538.

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In 1904, in the year that Ethel Waters was born, the "Teddy's Bear" was first produced. After seeing a political cartoon of President Teddy Roosevelt refusing to kill a clubbed and tied up bear, Jewish Russian immigrant Morris Michtom - who owned a candy shop and sold stuffed animals that he and his wife made at night at the store - made a "Teddy's Bear" and put it in his shop's window. The stuffed bears were an immediate success and Michtom and his wife went on to found the Ideal Novelty and Toy Co.

In 1926, she was 22 years old when on November 15th, NBC was founded. It was the U.S.'s first major broadcast network. Ownership of the network was split between RCA (a majority partner at 50%), its founding corporate parent General Electric (which owned 30%), and Westinghouse (which owned the remaining 20%).

In 1959, when she was 55 years old, on January 3rd, Alaska became the 49th state of the United States and the first state not a part of the contiguous United States. The flag was changed to display 49 stars.

In 1970, at the age of 66 years old, Ethel was alive when on May 4th, four students at Kent State University in Ohio were shot and killed by National Guardsmen. The students were at a peaceful demonstration protesting the invasion of Cambodia by US forces. There had been precedent for the killing of American college students. The previous year, on May 15th, Alameda County Sheriffs used shotguns against U.C. Berkeley students at a protest for People's Park. One student died, one was blinded, 128 were injured.

In 1983, in the year of Ethel Waters's passing, "crack" cocaine was developed in the Bahamas and spread to the United States. Previously, cocaine had been cut with other substances, diluting it. Crack was 80% pure and therefore was more addictive. It was also cheaper, making it more easily available to low income neighborhoods.

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