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Magdalena Serwo (1905 - 1996)

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Magdalena Serwo
1905 - 1996
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July 22, 1905
Death
December 25, 1996
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Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania 19116
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Magdalena Serwo was born on July 22, 1905. She died on December 25, 1996 at 91 years of age. We know that Magdalena Serwo had been residing in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania 19116.
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Magdalena Serwo died on December 25, 1996 at 91 years old. She was born on July 22, 1905. We have no information about Magdalena's surviving family. We know that Magdalena Serwo had been residing in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania 19116.
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In 1905, in the year that Magdalena Serwo was born, the Industrial Workers of the World was founded. An international labor union founded in Chicago, it was most often referred to as the "Wobblies" and had ties to the socialist movement and the anarchist movement. At its peak, it had 150,000 members.

In 1933, at the age of 28 years old, Magdalena was alive when the day after being inaugurated, the new President, Franklin Roosevelt, declared a four-day bank holiday to stop people from withdrawing their money from shaky banks (the bank run). Within 5 days of his administration, the Emergency Banking Act was passed - reorganizing banks and closing insolvent ones. In his first 100 days, he asked Congress to repeal Prohibition (which they did), signed the Tennessee Valley Authority Act, signed legislation that paid commodity farmers to leave their fields fallow, thus ending surpluses and boosting prices, signed a bill that gave workers the right to unionize and bargain collectively for higher wages and better working conditions as well as suspending some antitrust laws and establishing a federally funded Public Works Administration, and won passage of 12 other major laws that helped the economy.

In 1975, by the time she was 70 years old, on September 5th, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme tried to assassinate President Ford in Sacramento, California. She failed when her gun wouldn't fire. President Ford escaped a second assassination attempt 17 days later on September 22 when Sarah Jane Moore tried to shoot him in San Francisco. A bystander saw her raise her arm, grabbed it, and the shot went wild.

In 1983, Magdalena was 78 years old when physicist Sally K. Ride, 32, became the first US woman astronaut in space as a crew member aboard space shuttle Challenger on June 18th. She was also the youngest (32) astronaut to go into space. Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman in space in 1963.

In 1996, in the year of Magdalena Serwo's passing, on April 3rd, Theodore Kaczynski (nicknamed the Unabomber) was arrested. His mailed or hand-delivered bombs, sent between 1978 and 1995, killed three people and injured 23 others. Diagnosed as suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, Kaczynski is serving 8 life sentences without the possibility of parole.

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