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Katherine Koelzow (1906 - 2000)

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Katherine Koelzow
1906 - 2000
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October 23, 1906
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August 23, 2000
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Tinley Park, Cook County, Illinois 60477
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Katherine Koelzow was born on October 23, 1906. She died on August 23, 2000 at age 93. We know that Katherine Koelzow had been residing in Tinley Park, Cook County, Illinois 60477.
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Katherine Koelzow passed away on August 23, 2000 at age 93. She was born on October 23, 1906. We are unaware of information about Katherine's immediate family. We know that Katherine Koelzow had been residing in Tinley Park, Cook County, Illinois 60477.
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In 1906, in the year that Katherine Koelzow was born, Finland became the first European country to give women the vote and to allow them to run for political office. (Women in Australia and New Zealand already had that right but couldn't run for office.) Although Finland belonged to the Russian Empire, there was great unrest and the Tsar wanted to broker a quick peace. As a part of the brokered peace, women got the vote.

In 1931, when she was 25 years old, in March, “The Star Spangled Banner” officially became the national anthem by congressional resolution. Other songs had previously been used - among them, "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", "God Bless America", and "America the Beautiful". There was fierce debate about making "The Star Spangled Banner" the national anthem - Southerners and veterans organizations supported it, pacifists and educators opposed it.

In 1960, by the time she was 54 years old, on May 1st, an American CIA U-2 spy plane, piloted by Francis Gary Powers, was shot down by a surface-to-air missile over the Soviet Union. Powers ejected and survived but was captured. The U.S. claimed that the U-2 was a "weather plane" but Powers was convicted in the Soviet Union of espionage. He was released in 1962 after 1 year, 9 months and 10 days in prison.

In 1970, at the age of 64 years old, Katherine was alive when on May 1st, US troops invaded Cambodia, expanding the Vietnam War. The invasion of Cambodia was a Nixon policy, although it was argued against by both his Secretary of State and his Secretary of Defense.

In 1983, at the age of 77 years old, Katherine was alive when 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.

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