Laura Tompkins (1903 - 1987)

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Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan

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1903 - In the year that Laura Tompkins was born, the book The Souls of Black Folk, written by W. E. B. Du Bois, was published. Containing several essays on the African-American experience in America, much of the book was based on Du Bois' own life. The book was one of the very early works in the science of sociology.

1921 - By the time she was 18 years old, the silent film The Sheik, directed by George Melford and starring Rudolph Valentino and Agnes Ayres (also featuring Adolphe Menjou) debuted on October 21st. Critics weren't enthusiastic but the public loved it - in the first few weeks 125,000 people had seen the movie - and it eventually exceeded $1 million in ticket sales. And Rudolph Valentino, an Italian American, became the heartthrob of a female generation.

1945 - At the age of 42 years old, Laura was alive when on May 8th, World War II in Europe ended when Germany surrendered. Hitler had committed suicide a week before.

1952 - She was 49 years old when on February 6th, George VI of England died from a coronary thrombosis and complications due to lung cancer. His eldest daughter, age 25, immediately ascended the throne as Elizabeth II and her coronation was on June 2 1953.

1987 - In the year of Laura Tompkins's passing, on October 19th, stock exchanges around the world crashed. Beginning in Hong Kong then spreading to Europe, the crash then hit the United States. It was called Black Monday. The Dow Jones fell 508 points to 1,738.74 (22.61%).

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Laura Tompkins passed away on December 15, 1987 at 84 years old. There is no listed cause of death for Laura. She was born on March 2, 1903. We are unaware of information about Laura's immediate family. We know that Laura Tompkins had been residing in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan.

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