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Laura Whitaker (1912 - 1998)

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Laura Whitaker
1912 - 1998
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April 12, 1912
Death
July 15, 1998
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Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky 41701
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Laura Whitaker was born on April 12, 1912. She died on July 15, 1998 at 86 years old. We know that Laura Whitaker had been residing in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky 41701.
Updated: November 4, 2011
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Laura Whitaker died on July 15, 1998 at 86 years of age. She was born on April 12, 1912. We have no information about Laura's immediate family. We know that Laura Whitaker had been residing in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky 41701.
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1912 - 1998 World Events

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In 1912, in the year that Laura Whitaker was born, Arizona was admitted to the United States in February (on Valentine's Day). It became the 48th state in the Union. Previously a Spanish - then Mexican - territory, the U.S. paid $15 million dollars for the area in 1848. Arizona was the last of the contiguous states to be admitted to the United States.

In 1939, at the age of 27 years old, Laura 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 1957, by the time she was 45 years old, on October 4th, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the first man made earth-orbiting satellite - and triggered the Space Race. Sputnik I was only 23 inches in diameter and had no tracking equipment, only 4 antennas, but it had a big impact.

In 1981, when she was 69 years old, on August 1st, MTV debuted. It was the first music video TV channel. The first music video played was the Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" - the second was Pat Benatar's "You Better Run".

In 1998, in the year of Laura Whitaker's passing, on December 19th, the movie Titanic - based on the 1912 sinking of the ship and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet - was released. Winning 11 Oscars, it was the first film to gross over a billion dollars and eventually grossed over $2 billion.

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