Leatha Nance (1902 - 1987)

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Leatha Nance
1902 - 1987
May 30, 1902
October 1987
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Saint Louis, Saint Louis County, Missouri 63121
Leatha Nance was born on May 30, 1902. She died in October 1987 at 85 years old. We know that Leatha Nance had been residing in Saint Louis, Saint Louis County, Missouri 63121.
Updated: November 2, 2011
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Leatha Nance passed away in October 1987 at 85 years old. She was born on May 30, 1902. We are unaware of information about Leatha's surviving family. We know that Leatha Nance had been residing in Saint Louis, Saint Louis County, Missouri 63121.

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In 1902, in the year that Leatha Nance was born, the world famous Italian tenor, Enrico Caruso, made the first gramophone recording by a popular singer. Accompanied by only a piano, his voice recordings became a big seller and did much to popularize the new-fangled gramophone. He had to sing into a metal "horn" that relayed his voice to a metal disc. And the songs had to be under 4 and a half minutes!

In 1917, when she was just 15 years old, "I Want You" became famous. James Montgomery Flagg's poster, featuring Uncle Sam and based on a 1914 British poster, attracted thousands of U.S. recruits to WWI duty. Over 4 million posters were printed in 1917 and 1918.

In 1926, Leatha was 24 years old when on October 31st, Harry Houdini died in Michigan. Houdini was the most famed magician of his time and perhaps of all time, especially for his acts involving escapes - from handcuffs, straitjackets, chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, and more. He was president of the Society of American Magicians and stringently upheld professional ethics. He died of complications from a ruptured appendix. Although he had received a blow to the area a couple of days previously, the connection between the blow and his appendicitis is disputed.

In 1930, she was 28 years old when on August 6th, N.Y. Supreme Court Judge Joseph Crater went through papers in his office, destroyed some of them, withdrew all his money from the bank - $5,150, sold his stock, met friends at a restaurant for dinner and disappeared after getting into a taxi (or walking down the street - his friends' testimony later changed). His disappearance was reported to the police on September 3rd - almost a month later. His wife didn't know what happened, his fellow Justices had no idea, and his mistresses (he had several) said that they didn't know. While his disappearance was front page news, his fate was never discovered and after 40 years the case was closed, still without knowing if Crater was dead or alive.

In 1987, in the year of Leatha Nance's passing, was the first time that a criminal in the United States - a serial rapist - was convicted through the use of DNA evidence.

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