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Gertrude O'Brien (1903 - 1977)

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Gertrude O'Brien
1903 - 1977
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January 30, 1903
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March 20, 1977
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Gertrude O'Brien was born on January 30, 1903. She died on March 20, 1977 at 74 years old.
Updated: August 24, 2013
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Gertrude O'Brien died on March 20, 1977 at 74 years of age. She was buried in Long Island National Cemetery Section 2E Site 1362, Farmingdale, New York . She was born on January 30, 1903. There is no information about Gertrude's family or relationships.
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In 1903, in the year that Gertrude O'Brien was born, the silent film, The Great Train Robbery opened. Although it was filmed in Milltown, New Jersey, it was a Western. Twelve minutes long, the film used a lot of innovative techniques - some scenes were hand colored and composite editing, on-location shooting, and frequent camera movement were used. Its budget was $150 (about $4000 currently) and was the most popular film until 1915 when Birth of a Nation was released.

In 1912, she was just 9 years old when Arizona was admitted to the United States in February (on Valentine's Day). It became the 48th state in the Union. Previously a Spanish - then Mexican - territory, the U.S. paid $15 million dollars for the area in 1848. Arizona was the last of the contiguous states to be admitted to the United States.

In 1941, at the age of 38 years old, Gertrude was alive when on December 7th, the Japanese attacked the military base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The surprise aerial attack damaged 8 U.S. battleships (6 later returned to service), including the USS Arizona, and destroyed 188 aircraft. 2,402 American citizens died and 1,178 wounded were wounded. On December 8th, the U.S. declared war on Japan and on December 11th, Germany and Italy (allies of Japan) declared war on the United States. World War II was in full swing.

In 1950, at the age of 47 years old, Gertrude was alive when on June 25th, the Korean War began when North Korean Communist forces crossed the 38th parallel. The Soviet Union and China backed North Korea and the U.N., primarily the United States backed South Korea.

In 1977, in the year of Gertrude O'Brien's passing, on January 20th, Jimmy Carter became the 39th President of the United States. Running against incumbent Gerald Ford, he won 50.1% of the popular vote to Ford's 48.0%. He was elected to only one term.

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