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Laura Whitaker (1894 - 1977)

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Laura Whitaker
1894 - 1977
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October 2, 1894
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August 1977
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Somerset, Pulaski County, Kentucky 42501
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Laura Whitaker was born on October 2, 1894. She died in August 1977 at age 82. We know that Laura Whitaker had been residing in Somerset, Pulaski County, Kentucky 42501.
Updated: November 4, 2011
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Laura Whitaker passed away in August 1977 at 82 years old. She was born on October 2, 1894. We have no information about Laura's family or relationships. We know that Laura Whitaker had been residing in Somerset, Pulaski County, Kentucky 42501.
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In 1894, in the year that Laura Whitaker was born, on April 21st, a coal miners' strike closed mines throughout the central United States. The Panic of 1893, and the resulting depression, hit coal miners hard and the miners only struck for 8 weeks - they couldn't afford to live without their wages any longer.

In 1929, by the time she was 35 years old, the St. Valentine's Day Massacre happened on February 14th. In Chicago, seven men from the North Side Irish gang were gunned down by Al Capone's South Side Italian gang at the garage at 2122 North Clark Street. Al Capone was making a successful move to take over Chicago's organized crime. But the St. Valentine's Day massacre also resulted in a public outcry against all gangsters.

In 1941, at the age of 47 years old, Laura was alive 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 1960, she was 66 years old when 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 1977, in the year of Laura Whitaker's passing, on May 25th, Star Wars premiered in theaters. Eventually, it became the highest-grossing film of all time - until E.T. surpassed it a few years later. It was an immediate hit with theatergoers.

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