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Josephine Lightfoot (1907 - 1983)

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Josephine Lightfoot
1907 - 1983
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October 3, 1907
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May 1983
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Seattle, King County, Washington 98126
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Josephine Lightfoot was born on October 3, 1907. She died in May 1983 at 75 years of age. We know that Josephine Lightfoot had been residing in Seattle, King County, Washington 98126.
Updated: November 10, 2011
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Josephine Lightfoot died in May 1983 at age 75. She was born on October 3, 1907. There is no information about Josephine's family or relationships. We know that Josephine Lightfoot had been residing in Seattle, King County, Washington 98126.
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In 1907, in the year that Josephine Lightfoot was born, the Monongah coal mining disaster occurred on December 6th, happening at the Fairmont Coal Company’s No. 6 and No. 8 mines.. Over 361 miners were killed. Because there was no breathing apparatus at the time to help rescuers, recovery efforts were greatly hampered. It is considered the worst mining disaster in American history and led to government oversight in mining practices.

In 1911, at the age of only 4 years old, Josephine was alive when the United States Supreme Court broke up Standard Oil in May. John D. Rockefeller established Standard Oil in 1870 and it was the largest oil refinery at the time. The Supreme Court found that Standard Oil of New Jersey (one of the many iterations of Standard Oil) was guilty of "monopolizing the petroleum industry through a series of abusive and anticompetitive actions". The Court broke up the several entities that comprised Standard Oil and they eventually became competing firms.

In 1937, at the age of 30 years old, Josephine was alive when on May 28th, the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge opened to cars. Taking 5 years to build, the 4,200-foot-long suspension bridge was an engineering marvel of its time - 11 men died during construction. The "international orange" color was chosen because it resisted rust and fading. To the present, it is the symbol of the City that is known throughout the world.

In 1971, when she was 64 years old, in March, Intel shipped the first microprocessor to Busicom, a Japanese manufacturer of calculators. The microprocessor has since allowed computers to become smaller and faster, leading to smaller and more versatile handheld devices, home computers, and supercomputers.

In 1983, in the year of Josephine Lightfoot's passing, physicist Sally K. Ride, 32, became the first US woman astronaut in space as a crew member aboard space shuttle Challenger on June 18th. She was also the youngest (32) astronaut to go into space. Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman in space in 1963.

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