Maria Elen Gomez (1954 - 1983)



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Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas

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1954 - In the year that Maria Elen Gomez was born, on May 17th, the Supreme Court released a decision on Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. The ruling stated that state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students was unconstitutional thus paving the way for integration in schools.

1964 - This person was merely 10 years old when on June 11th, activist Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment in South Africa for conspiring to overthrow the state (because of his numerous anti-apartheid activities). He served 27 years in prison.

1965 - Maria Elen was just 11 years old when the television show "I Spy" premiered in the fall season on NBC. The stars were Bill Cosby and Robert Culp, making Cosby the first African American to headline a television show. Four stations - in Georgia, Florida, and Alabama - refused to air the show.

1978 - By the time this person was 24 years old, on July 25th, Louise Brown, the first "test-tube baby", was born at Oldham Hospital in London. Louise was conceived through IVF (in vitro fertilization), a controversial and experimental procedure at the time.

1983 - In the year of Maria Elen Gomez's passing, 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.

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Maria Elen Gomez died in November 1983 at 29 years of age. There is no listed cause of death for Maria Elen. Maria Elen was born on May 9, 1954. We are unaware of information about Maria Elen's family or relationships. We know that Maria Elen Gomez had been residing in Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas.


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