Gemma Laperla (1924 - 2008)

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Gemma Laperla
1924 - 2008
May 8, 1924
May 6, 2008
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Deltona, Volusia County, Florida 32738
Gemma Laperla was born on May 8, 1924. She died on May 6, 2008 at 83 years of age. We know that Gemma Laperla had been residing in Deltona, Volusia County, Florida 32738.
Updated: November 17, 2015
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Florida National Cemetery Section 430 Site 437 6502 Sw. 102nd Ave., in Bushnell, Florida 33513
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Gemma Laperla passed away on May 6, 2008 at age 83. She was buried in Florida National Cemetery Section 430 Site 437, Bushnell, Florida . She was born on May 8, 1924. We are unaware of information about Gemma's family or relationships. We know that Gemma Laperla had been residing in Deltona, Volusia County, Florida 32738.

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In 1924, in the year that Gemma Laperla was born, in May, wealthy college students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb kidnapped and killed 14 year old Robert Franks "in the interest of science". Leopold and Loeb thought that they were intellectually superior and that they could commit the perfect crime and not be caught. They were brought in for questioning within 8 days and quickly confessed. Clarence Darrow was hired as their defense lawyer, getting them life imprisonment instead of a death sentence. Loeb was eventually killed in prison - Leopold was released after 33 years, dying of a heart attack at age 66.

In 1937, she was only 13 years old when on May 28th, the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge opened to cars. Taking 5 years to build, the 4,200-foot-long suspension bridge was an engineering marvel of its time - 11 men died during construction. The "international orange" color was chosen because it resisted rust and fading. To the present, it is the symbol of the City that is known throughout the world.

In 1940, she was 16 years old when in July, Billboard published its first Music Popularity Chart. Top recordings of the year were Tommy Dorsey's "I'll Never Smile Again" (vocal Frank Sinatra) - 12 weeks at the top, Bing Crosby's "Only Forever" - 9 weeks at the top, and Artie Shaw's "Frenesi" - 12 weeks at the top.

In 1957, by the time she was 33 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 1980, by the time she was 56 years old, 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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