Helen C Tong (1912 - 2003)

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Helen C Tong
1912 - 2003
January 13, 1912
January 7, 2003
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Salem, Marion County, Oregon 97302
Helen C Tong was born on January 13, 1912. She died on January 7, 2003 at 90 years old. We know that Helen C Tong had been residing in Salem, Marion County, Oregon 97302.
Updated: October 6, 2011
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Helen C Tong passed away on January 7, 2003 at 90 years old. She was born on January 13, 1912. There is no information about Helen's surviving family. We know that Helen C Tong had been residing in Salem, Marion County, Oregon 97302.
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In 1912, in the year that Helen C Tong was born, the RMS Titanic sank in April. The RMS Titanic was a British built and run passenger liner that was billed as "unsinkable." On its maiden voyage from Southampton England to New York City, carrying about 2,224 passengers and crew - from the wealthiest people in the world to poor emigrants from Europe, the Titanic hit an iceberg. Five of her watertight compartments failed but she was designed to survive only 4 being flooded. She began to sink. There were only enough lifeboats for about half of the passengers so over 1,000 remained behind while "women and children first" were loaded. Over 1500 died, making it the largest maritime disaster in modern history.

In 1927, at the age of only 15 years old, Helen was alive when 10 years after the United States bought the U.S. Virgin Islands from the Danish government, the inhabitants were granted U.S. citizenship. While they can vote in congressional elections and presidential primaries, they cannot vote for President.

In 1959, at the age of 47 years old, Helen was alive when on January 3rd, Alaska became the 49th state of the United States and the first state not a part of the contiguous United States. The flag was changed to display 49 stars.

In 1983, at the age of 71 years old, Helen was alive when on August 30th, the Soviet Union claimed that a South Korean Boeing 747 jetliner (Flight 007), bound for Seoul from New York City, had strayed into Soviet airspace. Saying that they believed it to be a U.S. spy plane, the passenger jet was shot down by a Soviet SU-15 fighter - after it had tracked the airliner for two hours. All 269 passengers (including a U.S. Representative from Georgia) and crew were killed.

In 1998, by the time she was 86 years old, on December 19th, the House of Representatives initiated impeachment charges against U.S. President Bill Clinton. He was subsequently acquitted of these charges by the Senate on February 12th.

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