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Helen M Simons (1916 - 2003)

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Helen M Simons
1916 - 2003
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April 21, 1916
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June 27, 2003
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Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania 15206
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Helen M Simons was born on April 21, 1916. She died on June 27, 2003 at 87 years old. We know that Helen M Simons had been residing in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania 15206.
Updated: October 6, 2011
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Helen M Simons passed away on June 27, 2003 at age 87. She was born on April 21, 1916. We are unaware of information about Helen's family or relationships. We know that Helen M Simons had been residing in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania 15206.
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In 1916, in the year that Helen M Simons 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 1944, Helen was 28 years old when on December 16th, The Battle of the Bulge began in the Ardennes forest on the Western Front. Lasting for a little over a month, the battle began with a surprise attack by Germany on the Allied forces The U.S. suffered their highest casualties of any operation in World War II - 89,000 were casualties, around 8,600 killed - but Germany also severely depleted their resources and they couldn't be replaced.

In 1959, she was 43 years old 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 1969, she was 53 years old when on July 20th, the first men walked on the moon. Apollo 11 astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. both walked on the moon but it was Armstrong who first stepped on the moon. They fulfilled the promise of President Kennedy's commitment in 1961 to put a man on the moon before the end of the decade.

In 1983, when she was 67 years old, 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.

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