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Karen Gretland Hansen (1909 - 1986)

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Karen (Gretland) Hansen
1909 - 1986
Born
April 23, 1909
Fredrikstad, NO
Death
July 24, 1986
Fredrikstad, NO
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Karen Gretland Hansen was born on April 23, 1909 in Fredrikstad, NO. Her maiden name is Gretland and she married into the Hansen family. She died on July 24, 1986 in Fredrikstad, NO at 77 years old.
Updated: August 14, 2011
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Karen Gretland Hansen passed away on July 24, 1986 in Fredrikstad, NO at 77 years of age. She was buried in Fredrikstad . She was born on April 23, 1909 in Fredrikstad, NO. There is no information about Karen's family or relationships.
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In 1909, in the year that Karen Gretland Hansen was born, Polish physician and medical researcher Paul Ehrlich found a cure for syphilis, which was a prevalent (but undiscussed) disease. He found that an arsenic compound completely cured syphilis within 3 weeks.

In 1922, she was just 13 years old when 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 1941, Karen was 32 years old when on June 25th, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 8802, prohibiting racial discrimination in the defense industry. EO 8802 was the first federal action to prohibit employment discrimination - without prejudice as to "race, creed, color, or national origin" - in the U.S. Civil Rights groups had planned a march on Washington D.C. to protest for equal rights but with the signing of the Order, they canceled the March.

In 1968, at the age of 59 years old, Karen was alive when on April 4th, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights leader, was shot and killed by an assassin in Memphis. James Earl Ray was apprehended and plead guilty to shooting Dr. King. Ray died in jail in 1998.

In 1986, in the year of Karen Gretland Hansen's passing, on September 8th, the Oprah Winfrey Show went into national syndication. A popular talk show, it was number 1 in the ratings since its debut. The last show aired on May 25, 2011.

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