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Helen M Brain (1918 - 1996)

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Helen M Brain
1918 - 1996
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March 29, 1918
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May 1996
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Methuen, Essex County, Massachusetts 01844
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Helen M Brain was born on March 29, 1918. She died in May 1996 at age 78. We know that Helen M Brain had been residing in Methuen, Essex County, Massachusetts 01844.
Updated: October 3, 2011
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Helen M Brain passed away in May 1996 at 78 years old. She was born on March 29, 1918. We have no information about Helen's immediate family. We know that Helen M Brain had been residing in Methuen, Essex County, Massachusetts 01844.
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In 1918, in the year that Helen M Brain was born, on November 11th, an armistice was signed between the Allies and Germany, ending the fighting on the Western Front in World War I. This meant a complete defeat of Germany although Germany never formally surrendered. It took another six months of negotiations to sign an actual peace treaty between the warring parties.

In 1922, by the time she was only 4 years old, the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C. on May 30th. More than 35,000 people attended the dedication including Lincoln's son, Robert Todd Lincoln, and many Union and Confederate veterans - although the audience was segregated. The Memorial took 10 years to complete.

In 1960, Helen was 42 years old when on May 1st, an American CIA U-2 spy plane, piloted by Francis Gary Powers, was shot down by a surface-to-air missile over the Soviet Union. Powers ejected and survived but was captured. The U.S. claimed that the U-2 was a "weather plane" but Powers was convicted in the Soviet Union of espionage. He was released in 1962 after 1 year, 9 months and 10 days in prison.

In 1987, Helen was 69 years old when on October 19th, stock exchanges around the world crashed. Beginning in Hong Kong then spreading to Europe, the crash then hit the United States. It was called Black Monday. The Dow Jones fell 508 points to 1,738.74 (22.61%).

In 1996, in the year of Helen M Brain's passing, on April 3rd, Theodore Kaczynski (nicknamed the Unabomber) was arrested. His mailed or hand-delivered bombs, sent between 1978 and 1995, killed three people and injured 23 others. Diagnosed as suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, Kaczynski is serving 8 life sentences without the possibility of parole.

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