Katherine Eileen Williams (1920 - 2015)

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Katherine Eileen Williams
1920 - 2015
October 28, 1920
Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colorado United States
January 6, 2015
Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona United States
Katherine Eileen Williams was born on October 28, 1920 in Pueblo, Colorado United States. She is the child of Henry Lyman Williams and Virgie Ollie Cupp, with siblings Olive, Henry, Luther, Velda, Velma, Van, and Lois. She died on January 6, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona United States at 94 years old.
Updated: April 3, 2021
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Katherine Eileen Williams died on January 6, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona United States at age 94. She was born on October 28, 1920 in Pueblo, Colorado United States. She is the child of Henry Lyman Williams and Virgie Ollie Cupp, with siblings Olive, Henry, Luther, Velda, Velma, Van, and Lois.

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In 1920, in the year that Katherine Eileen Williams was born, speakeasies replaced saloons as the center of social activity. After the 18th Amendment was ratified and selling alcohol became illegal, saloons closed and speakeasies took their place. Speakeasies, also called a blind pig or blind tiger, were "so called because of the practice of speaking quietly about such a place in public, or when inside it, so as not to alert the police or neighbors". There were a lot of them and they were very popular. And where saloons often prohibited women, they were encouraged at speakeasies because of the added profits.

In 1933, Katherine was just 13 years old when Frances Perkins became the first woman to hold a cabinet-level position, appointed by President Roosevelt to serve as Secretary of Labor. She told him that her priorities would be a 40-hour work week, a minimum wage, unemployment compensation, worker’s compensation, abolition of child labor, direct federal aid to the states for unemployment relief, Social Security, a revitalized federal employment service, and universal health insurance. President Roosevelt approved of all of them and most them were implemented during his terms as President. She served until his death in 1945.

In 1959, Katherine was 39 years old when on August 8th, Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States. The US flag was changed to show 50 stars.

In 1960, Katherine was 40 years old when on September 26th, the first televised debate for a Presidential campaign in the United States - Kennedy vs Nixon - was held. Seventy million people watched the debate on TV. The debate pre-empted the very popular Andy Griffith Show.

In 1992, when she was 72 years old, on April 29th, riots began in Los Angeles after the "Rodney King" verdict was issued. Four LAPD officers had been accused of using excessive force (assault) on African-American Rodney King, who had been stopped for drunk driving. The beating had been videotaped. Their acquittal sparked a 6 day riot in Los Angeles.

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