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Evelyn Sohmer (1917 - 2006)

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Evelyn Sohmer
1917 - 2006
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December 23, 1917
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March 12, 2006
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Berkeley, Cook County, Illinois 60163
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Evelyn Sohmer was born on December 23, 1917. She died on March 12, 2006 at age 88. We know that Evelyn Sohmer had been residing in Berkeley, Cook County, Illinois 60163.
Updated: November 2, 2011
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Evelyn Sohmer passed away on March 12, 2006 at age 88. She was born on December 23, 1917. We are unaware of information about Evelyn's family. We know that Evelyn Sohmer had been residing in Berkeley, Cook County, Illinois 60163.
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In 1917, in the year that Evelyn Sohmer was born, Dutch exotic dancer Mata Hari was convicted and executed as a German spy. Since Mata Hari, born Margaretha Geertruida "Margreet" MacLeod, was a citizen of the Netherlands (which remained neutral in World War 1), she could travel freely in Europe. Her travels (and her romantic entanglements) raised suspicion and she was arrested by the French and found guilty. There is still controversy about her guilt although her name has become synonymous with a seductive female spy.

In 1926, when she was merely 9 years old, 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 1941, when she was 24 years old, on June 25th, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 8802, prohibiting racial discrimination in the defense industry. EO 8802 was the first federal action to prohibit employment discrimination - without prejudice as to "race, creed, color, or national origin" - in the U.S. Civil Rights groups had planned a march on Washington D.C. to protest for equal rights but with the signing of the Order, they canceled the March.

In 1961, by the time she was 44 years old, on May 5th, Navy Cmdr. Alan B. Shepard, Jr., made the first manned Project Mercury flight, MR-3, in a spacecraft he named Freedom 7. He was the second man to go into space, the first was Yuri Gagarin - a Soviet cosmonaut.

In 1985, at the age of 68 years old, Evelyn was alive when on March 7th, the song "We Are the World" was released as a charity effort to alleviate the African famine. The song was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, and produced by Quincy Jones. They were joined by 37 other famous singers in the recording studio and a phenomena had begun

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