Gwendoline Kemp (1894 - 1987)



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1894 - In the year that Gwendoline Kemp was born, large reserves of oil were discovered on the Osage Indian reservation in Oklahoma. Previously thought to be "useless" land - not even good for farming - the tribe had bought the land themselves. The discovery of oil made the Osage the "richest group of people in the world" at the time.

1913 - By the time she was 19 years old, the Philippine–American War ended for good in June. While the official end of the war was in 1902, fighting continued for several years. An estimated 200,000 to 250,000 total Filipino civilians died and although the U.S. viewed its role as a colonial presence as one of preparing the Philippines for independence, American colonization drastically changed the character off the culture. The Catholic Church was no longer the state religion and English became the primary language of the government.

1955 - Gwendoline was 61 years old when on September 30th, movie star James Dean, 24, died in a car accident. He was headed in his new Porsche 550 to a race in Salinas California when, traveling at 85 mph, he collided with a 1950 Ford Tudor, also speeding, driven by a 23 year old college student. Dean died, his passenger and the other driver survived.

1978 - Gwendoline was 84 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.

1987 - In the year of Gwendoline Kemp's passing, was the first time that a criminal in the United States - a serial rapist - was convicted through the use of DNA evidence.

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Gwendoline Kemp passed away in May 1987 at 93 years of age. No cause of death has been listed for Gwendoline. She was born on April 24, 1894. We are unaware of information about Gwendoline's immediate family. We know that Gwendoline Kemp had been residing in Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida.


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