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Eugenia Sardi (1889 - 1978)

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Eugenia Sardi
1889 - 1978
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July 14, 1889
Death
November 1978
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New York, New York County, New York 10036
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Eugenia Sardi was born on July 14, 1889. She died in November 1978 at 89 years old. We know that Eugenia Sardi had been residing in New York, New York County, New York 10036.
Updated: October 4, 2011
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Eugenia Sardi passed away in November 1978 at age 89. She was born on July 14, 1889. There is no information about Eugenia's immediate family. We know that Eugenia Sardi had been residing in New York, New York County, New York 10036.
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In 1889, in the year that Eugenia Sardi was born, on May 31st, the South Fork Dam collapsed. Located in western Pennsylvania, the dam failed - sending more than 20 million tons of water into the towns below it. The flood killed more than 2,200 people in and around Johnstown. The newly formed Red Cross responded to the disaster.

In 1918, Eugenia was 29 years old when on November 1, an elevated train on the Brooklyn line of the subway - driven by an inexperienced operator because of a strike - tried to navigate a turn at 30mph. The limit on the curve was 6 mph. The 2nd and 3rd cars of the 5 car wooden train were badly damaged and at least 93 people were killed, making it the deadliest crash in New York subway history.

In 1927, she was 38 years old when the first "talkie" (a movie with music, songs, and talking), The Jazz Singer, was released. Al Jolson starred as a cantor's son who instead of following in his father's footsteps as expected, becomes a singer of popular songs. Banished by his father, they reconcile on his father's deathbed. It was a tear-jerker and audiences went wild - especially when they heard the songs. Thus begun the demise of silent films and the rise of "talkies".

In 1931, at the age of 42 years old, Eugenia was alive when on May 1st, the Empire State Building opened in New York City. At 1,454 feet (including the roof and antenna), it was the tallest building in the world until the World Trade Center's North Tower was built in 1970. (It is now the 34th tallest.) Opening at the beginning of the Great Depression, most of the offices in the Empire State Building remained unoccupied for years and the observation deck was an equal source of revenue and kept the building profitable.

In 1978, in the year of Eugenia Sardi's passing, on July 25th, Louise Brown, the first "test-tube baby", was born at Oldham Hospital in London. Louise was conceived through IVF (in vitro fertilization), a controversial and experimental procedure at the time.

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