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Ethel Waters (1908 - 1980)

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Ethel Waters
1908 - 1980
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May 2, 1908
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October 1980
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Pascagoula, Jackson County, Mississippi 39567
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Ethel Waters was born on May 2, 1908. She died in October 1980 at 72 years of age. We know that Ethel Waters had been residing in Pascagoula, Jackson County, Mississippi 39567.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Ethel Waters died in October 1980 at age 72. She was born on May 2, 1908. We have no information about Ethel's immediate family. We know that Ethel Waters had been residing in Pascagoula, Jackson County, Mississippi 39567.
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In 1908, in the year that Ethel Waters was born, President Theodore Roosevelt held the White House Conservation Conference, which lead to the establishment of the National Conservation Commission. Preparing the first inventory of the United State's natural resources, the commission was divided into four parts: water, forests, lands, and minerals.

In 1920, at the age of merely 12 years old, Ethel was alive when the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote, passed both Houses of Congress and was sent to the States to ratify. In August, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the Amendment and it became law eight days later. Mississippi ratified it in 1984.

In 1958, she was 50 years old when on January 31st, Explorer I, the United States' answer to Sputnik I (and 2,) was launched. America had entered the Space Race. The first spacecraft to detect the Van Allen radiation belt, it remained in orbit until 1970.

In 1976, she was 68 years old when on August 4th, a mysterious illness struck an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Within a week, 25 people had died and 130 people had been hospitalized. It was the first known instance of what came to be called "Legionnaires Disease."

In 1980, in the year of Ethel Waters's passing, on April 24th, a rescue attempt was begun in the Iranian Hostage Crisis. The attempt failed and 8 US servicemen were killed. Eight helicopters had been sent for the mission, but only 5 arrived in operating condition., Since the military had advised that the mission be aborted if there were fewer than 6 helicopters, President Carter stopped it. Upon leaving, a helicopter collided with a transport plane and the men were killed.

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