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Katherine Brooke (1910 - 1985)

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Katherine Brooke
1910 - 1985
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April 15, 1910
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May 1985
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Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois 61614
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Katherine Brooke was born on April 15, 1910. She died in May 1985 at age 75. We know that Katherine Brooke had been residing in Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois 61614.
Updated: November 8, 2011
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Katherine Brooke died in May 1985 at 75 years of age. She was born on April 15, 1910. There is no information about Katherine's family or relationships. We know that Katherine Brooke had been residing in Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois 61614.
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In 1910, in the year that Katherine Brooke was born, the Mexican revolution began. Dictator Porfirio Díaz had ruled for 35 years and was nationally unpopular. When elections were held in 1910 and a rigged election kept Diaz in office. The uprising began - and lasted for another 10 years.

In 1924, when she was just 14 years old, in May, wealthy college students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb kidnapped and killed 14 year old Robert Franks "in the interest of science". Leopold and Loeb thought that they were intellectually superior and that they could commit the perfect crime and not be caught. They were brought in for questioning within 8 days and quickly confessed. Clarence Darrow was hired as their defense lawyer, getting them life imprisonment instead of a death sentence. Loeb was eventually killed in prison - Leopold was released after 33 years, dying of a heart attack at age 66.

In 1939, at the age of 29 years old, Katherine was alive when on the 1st of September, Nazi Germany invaded Poland. On September 17th, the Soviet Union invaded Poland as well. Poland expected help from France and the United Kingdom, since they had a pact with both. But no help came. By October 6th, the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany held full control of the previously Polish lands. Eventually, the invasion of Poland lead to World War II.

In 1955, when she was 45 years old, on September 30th, movie star James Dean, 24, died in a car accident. He was headed in his new Porsche 550 to a race in Salinas California when, traveling at 85 mph, he collided with a 1950 Ford Tudor, also speeding, driven by a 23 year old college student. Dean died, his passenger and the other driver survived.

In 1985, in the year of Katherine Brooke's passing, in May, a paper published in Nature by three British scientists reported that a huge hole was discovered in the ozone layer over the Antarctic. It was much larger than expected and is due to the use of manmade chemicals.

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