Lavinia Augustus (1910 - 1995)

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Lavinia Augustus
1910 - 1995
February 14, 1910
January 23, 1995
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Lakeland, Polk County, Florida 33803
Lavinia Augustus was born on February 14, 1910. She died on January 23, 1995 at 84 years of age. We know that Lavinia Augustus had been residing in Lakeland, Polk County, Florida 33803.
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Lavinia Augustus died on January 23, 1995 at 84 years of age. She was born on February 14, 1910. We are unaware of information about Lavinia's family or relationships. We know that Lavinia Augustus had been residing in Lakeland, Polk County, Florida 33803.

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In 1910, in the year that Lavinia Augustus was born, the Mann Act, also called the White-Slave Traffic Act, was signed into law. Its purpose was to make it a felony to engage in interstate or foreign commerce transport of "any woman or girl for the purpose of prostitution or debauchery, or for any other immoral purpose". But the language was so broad that it was also applied to consensual sex between adults when wished.

In 1924, at the age of merely 14 years old, Lavinia was alive when in May, wealthy college students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb kidnapped and killed 14 year old Robert Franks "in the interest of science". Leopold and Loeb thought that they were intellectually superior and that they could commit the perfect crime and not be caught. They were brought in for questioning within 8 days and quickly confessed. Clarence Darrow was hired as their defense lawyer, getting them life imprisonment instead of a death sentence. Loeb was eventually killed in prison - Leopold was released after 33 years, dying of a heart attack at age 66.

In 1968, Lavinia was 58 years old when on April 4th, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights leader, was shot and killed by an assassin in Memphis. James Earl Ray was apprehended and plead guilty to shooting Dr. King. Ray died in jail in 1998.

In 1985, Lavinia was 75 years old when in May, a paper published in Nature by three British scientists reported that a huge hole was discovered in the ozone layer over the Antarctic. It was much larger than expected and is due to the use of manmade chemicals.

In 1995, in the year of Lavinia Augustus's passing, on September 3rd, eBay was founded in San Jose California. Beginning as simply a place for Pierre Omidyar's girlfriend (now wife) to share her Pez passion and collection online, the site has become a multibillion-dollar business and operates in 30 countries.

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