Helen O'Brien (1927 - 2005)

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Helen O'Brien
1927 - 2005
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February 17, 1927
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March 23, 2005
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Helen O'Brien was born on February 17, 1927. She died on March 23, 2005 at age 78.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Branch of service: Us Army
Rank attained: CPL
Wars/Conflicts: World War Ii

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Helen O'Brien died on March 23, 2005 at 78 years of age. She was buried in Long Island National Cemetery Section 2H Site 2551, Farmingdale, New York. She was born on February 17, 1927. We are unaware of information about Helen's surviving family.

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In 1927, in the year that Helen O'Brien was born, the first "talkie" (a movie with music, songs, and talking), The Jazz Singer, was released. Al Jolson starred as a cantor's son who instead of following in his father's footsteps as expected, becomes a singer of popular songs. Banished by his father, they reconcile on his father's deathbed. It was a tear-jerker and audiences went wild - especially when they heard the songs. Thus begun the demise of silent films and the rise of "talkies".

In 1932, at the age of just 5 years old, Helen was alive when five years to the day after Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic, Amelia Earhart flew solo from Newfoundland to Ireland, the first woman to cross the Atlantic solo and the first to replicate Lindbergh's feat. She flew over 2,000 miles in just under 15 hours.

In 1954, Helen was 27 years old when on May 17th, the Supreme Court released a decision on Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. The ruling stated that state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students was unconstitutional thus paving the way for integration in schools.

In 1983, when she was 56 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.

In 1994, by the time she was 67 years old, on May 6th, former political prisoner, lawyer, and activist Nelson Mandela was elected the first black President of South Africa. He was 75 when he was elected and he served one five-year term.

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