Gretchen Gale (1893 - 1980)

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Gretchen Gale
1893 - 1980
October 25, 1893
February 1980
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Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan 48605
Gretchen Gale was born on October 25, 1893. She died in February 1980 at 86 years old. We know that Gretchen Gale had been residing in Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan 48605.
Updated: November 3, 2011
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Gretchen Gale passed away in February 1980 at age 86. She was born on October 25, 1893. There is no information about Gretchen's immediate family. We know that Gretchen Gale had been residing in Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan 48605.

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In 1893, in the year that Gretchen Gale was born, a songbook, called Song Stories for the Kindergarten, was published by sisters Patty and Mildred Hill. One of the songs included in the book was "Good Morning to All" - later the lyrics were changed and it became "Happy Birthday to You".

In 1933, she was 40 years old when on March 4th, Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the 32nd President of the United States. He was elected four times (equaled by no other President) and guided the United States through the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and World War 2. His wife was his cousin Eleanor Roosevelt (Teddy Roosevelt's niece) who President Truman called "First Lady of the World". Some of the major programs that survive from his presidency are the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Wagner Act (The National Labor Relations Act of 1935) , the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Social Security.

In 1942, she was 49 years old when on June 17th, Roosevelt approved the Manhattan Project, which lead to the development of the first atomic bomb. With the support of Canada and the United Kingdom, the Project came to employ more than 130,000 people and cost nearly $2 billion. Julius Robert Oppenheimer, a nuclear physicist born in New York, led the Los Alamos Laboratory that developed the actual bomb. The first artificial nuclear explosion took place near Alamogordo New Mexico on July 16, 1945.

In 1956, by the time she was 63 years old, on May 20th, the U.S. tested the first hydrogen bomb dropped from a plane over Bikini Atoll. Previously, hydrogen bombs had only been tested on the ground. The Atomic Age moved forward.

In 1980, in the year of Gretchen Gale's passing, 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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