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Gerta E Rhodes (1931 - 2001)

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Gerta E Rhodes
1931 - 2001
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November 7, 1931
Death
July 29, 2001
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Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California 90803
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Gerta E Rhodes was born on November 7, 1931. Gerta died on July 29, 2001 at 69 years old. We know that Gerta E Rhodes had been residing in Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California 90803.
Updated: October 3, 2011
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Gerta E Rhodes passed away on July 29, 2001 at age 69. Gerta was born on November 7, 1931. We are unaware of information about Gerta's immediate family. We know that Gerta E Rhodes had been residing in Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California 90803.
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In 1931, in the year that Gerta E Rhodes was born, in March, “The Star Spangled Banner” officially became the national anthem by congressional resolution. Other songs had previously been used - among them, "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", "God Bless America", and "America the Beautiful". There was fierce debate about making "The Star Spangled Banner" the national anthem - Southerners and veterans organizations supported it, pacifists and educators opposed it.

In 1941, at the age of only 10 years old, Gerta was alive when in his State of the Union address on January 6th, President Roosevelt detailed the "four freedoms" that everyone in the world should have: Freedom of speech, Freedom of worship, Freedom from want, and Freedom from fear. In the same speech, he outlined the benefits of democracy which he said were economic opportunity, employment, social security, and the promise of "adequate health care".

In 1951, at the age of 20 years old, Gerta was alive when on April 5th, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (husband and wife) were sentenced to death for treason. They were executed on June 19th. American citizens, they were convicted of spying for the Soviet Union. Their two young sons were adopted by a high school teacher and his wife.

In 1962, by the time this person was 31 years old, on October 1st, African-American James H. Meredith, escorted by federal marshals, registered at the University of Mississippi - becoming the first African-American student admitted to the segregated college. He had been inspired by President Kennedy's inaugural address to apply for admission.

In 1978, this person was 47 years old when on November 18th, Jim Jones's Peoples Temple followers committed mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana - where they had moved, from San Francisco, as a group. Jones was the leader of the cult and ordered his followers to drink cyanide-laced punch, which they did. Whole families (women and children included) died - more than 900 people in all.

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