Margaret A Defrance (1897 - 1990)

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Margaret A Defrance
1897 - 1990
updated February 06, 2019
Margaret A Defrance was born on December 14, 1897. She died on January 19, 1990 at 92 years old. We know that Margaret A Defrance had been residing in Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa.


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Margaret A Defrance passed away on January 19, 1990 at 92 years old. She was born on December 14, 1897. We have no information about Margaret's family. We know that Margaret A Defrance had been residing in Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa.
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In 1897, in the year that Margaret A Defrance was born, on September 21st, editor and publisher Francis P. Church responded to a letter to the editor from Virginia O'Hanlon, 8 years old. Virginia's father had told her that "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." So she wrote to the Sun, asking if there was a Santa Claus. Church responded with the now famous editorial "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus".

In 1904, Margaret was just 7 years old when the United States acquired the Panama Canal Zone. Now an unincorporated territory of the U.S., the Canal Zone had been previously held by the French, who were constructing a canal. The U.S. took over the construction of the Panama Canal and it was finally finished in 1914, when it was opened to commercial shipping. The United States held the Canal Zone until 1979.

In 1916, she was 19 years old when suffragette Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman elected to the House of Representatives as a Representative at large from Montana. She was the first woman to hold an elected Federal office. Holding the office for two years, she ran again in 1940 and served another two year term. Montana had granted women unrestricted voting rights in 1914, 6 years before women got the vote nationally.

In 1972, she was 75 years old when on September 5th, the Palestinian terrorist group Black September, with the assistance of German neo-nazis, kidnapped and killed 11 Israeli athletes at the Olympic Games in Munich. The attackers crept into the Olympic Village and abducted the athletes while they were sleeping. A German policeman was also killed.

In 1990, in the year of Margaret A Defrance's passing, on April 24th, the Hubble telescope was launched into space after long delays due to the Challenger explosion. An optical flaw was found within weeks of launch but was fixed within three years. The discoveries made possible by the Hubble have contributed to scientists' understanding of the universe.

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Harold Defrance
Nov 30, 1894 - September 1967
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Jul 27, 1887 - April 1980
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Jan 28, 1906 - August 1985
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William J Defrance
Jul 29, 1979 - Jul 17, 1996
Mike Defrance
Sep 29, 1877 - July 1969
L E Defrance
May 15, 1957 - Sep 30, 1993
Mamie Defrance
Sep 4, 1903 - May 1976
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Aug 4, 1922 - Nov 6, 2005
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May 17, 1907 - November 1950

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