Maria Candelaria (Rodriguez Y Franco) Rivera (born 1938)

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Maria Candelaria (Rodriguez Y Franco) Rivera
1938 - living
February 2, 1938
Cidra Puerto Rico
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Maria Candelaria (Rodriguez Y Franco) Rivera was born on February 2, 1938 in Cidra. Her maiden name is Rodriguez Y Franco and she married into the Rivera family. She is the child of Santos Rodriguez Y Vicente. According to her family tree, Maria was mother to 7 children. She married Juan Rivera in 1953 in New York, New York United States. They were married until Juan's death in 1995. They had children Hilda A. Rivera, Luis F Rivera, Carlos H Rivera, Robert E Rivera, Glenda M Rivera, Juan Rivera, and Maribel Rivera.
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Updated: May 7, 2021
Sra. Maria Candelaria was born to Santos Rodriguez y Vicente and Juana Franco y Martinez, both from Cidra, PR, where they lived and worked on a platanos and tobacco farm. Canda, as she came to be known, sadly lost her mother to tuberculosis when she was only 6 years old. She was primarily raised with the help of her aunts and her paternal grandmother, Sra. Felicita Rodriguez. She met Juan Rivera when she was still relatively young and quickly fell in love. They got married and had a total of 6 biological children, plus 1 adopted child. Canda is a beloved mother, grandmother, devoted wife, and friend to many. She is best known to me, her nieta, as a warm-hearted, fun-loving Abuela with a beautiful smile and a killer arroz con dulce recipe.
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Married: 1953
Cause of Separation: Juan's Death
Married at: New York, New York United States
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In 1938, in the year that Maria Candelaria (Rodriguez Y Franco) Rivera was born, on October 30th, a Sunday, The Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast Orson Welles' special Halloween show The War of the World's. A clever take on H.G. Wells' novel, the show began with simulated "breaking news" of an invasion by Martians. Because of the realistic nature of the "news," there was a public outcry the next day, calling for regulation by the FCC. Although the current story is that many were fooled and panicked, in reality very few people were fooled. But the show made Orson Welles' career.

In 1945, on April 12th, President Franklin D. Roosevelt died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Warm Springs, Georgia. At 1p, he was sitting for a portrait when he complained that he had a "terrific pain" in the back of his head and collapsed. A doctor was summoned and the doctor gave him a shot of adrenaline into his heart. It didn't help and he was pronounced dead at 3:30 p.m. A slow moving train took him back to Washington D.C. while thousands of mourners lined the tracks. He was buried at his home in Hyde Park, New York.

In 1961, on August 13th, East Germany began erection of what would become the Berlin Wall between East and West Berlin. In one day, they installed barbed wire entanglements and fences (called Barbed Wire Sunday in Germany). On August 17th, the first concrete elements and large blocks were put in place.

In 1978, on November 18th, Jim Jones's Peoples Temple followers committed mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana - where they had moved, from San Francisco, as a group. Jones was the leader of the cult and ordered his followers to drink cyanide-laced punch, which they did. Whole families (women and children included) died - more than 900 people in all.

In 1992, in April, Bosnia-Herzegovina declared independence from Yugoslavia. The newly created Bosnian Serb army then began a campaign against Muslim Bosniaks and Bosnian Croats - killing, raping, torturing, beating and robbing - and resulting in the deaths of over 100,000.

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