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Gertrude W Ballew (1916 - 2009)

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Gertrude W Ballew
1916 - 2009
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July 13, 1916
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November 24, 2009
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Flowery Branch, Hall County, Georgia 30542
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Gertrude W Ballew was born on July 13, 1916. She died on November 24, 2009 at 93 years of age. We know that Gertrude W Ballew had been residing in Flowery Branch, Hall County, Georgia 30542.
Updated: November 1, 2011
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Gertrude W Ballew died on November 24, 2009 at 93 years of age. She was born on July 13, 1916. There is no information about Gertrude's immediate family. We know that Gertrude W Ballew had been residing in Flowery Branch, Hall County, Georgia 30542.
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In 1916, in the year that Gertrude W Ballew was born, in June, the U.S. Congress authorized a plan to expand the armed forces over the next five years. Called the National Defense Act of 1916, the national law expanded the National Guard and Army (the Army added an aviation unit), created the Reserves, and gave the President expanded authority to federalize the National Guard. It also allowed the government to stockpile, in advance, materiel to be used in wartime.

In 1931, by the time she was only 15 years old, 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 1975, when she was 59 years old, on September 5th, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme tried to assassinate President Ford in Sacramento, California. She failed when her gun wouldn't fire. President Ford escaped a second assassination attempt 17 days later on September 22 when Sarah Jane Moore tried to shoot him in San Francisco. A bystander saw her raise her arm, grabbed it, and the shot went wild.

In 1989, she was 73 years old when on January 20th, George Herbert Walker Bush became the 41st President of the United States. Previously Ronald Regan's Vice President, he ran against Michael Dukakis and won the popular vote by 53.4% to 45.6%.

In 1991, when she was 75 years old, on November 7th, legendary basketball player Magic Johnson announced that he had HIV. In 1991, the public was confused about the difference between HIV and AIDS (HIV is a virus that can lead to AIDS) and there was little treatment for either. Most thought that Johnson would die within a year or so. Also, the transmission of AIDS wasn't understood so he had to retire from basketball. Magic Johnson is still alive and well.

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