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Mattie Gunter (1909 - 1982)

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Mattie Gunter
1909 - 1982
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October 15, 1909
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August 1982
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Andalusia, Covington County, Alabama 36420
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Mattie Gunter was born on October 15, 1909. She died in August 1982 at 72 years old. We know that Mattie Gunter had been residing in Andalusia, Covington County, Alabama 36420.
Updated: November 4, 2011
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Mattie Gunter passed away in August 1982 at 72 years of age. She was born on October 15, 1909. There is no information about Mattie's immediate family. We know that Mattie Gunter had been residing in Andalusia, Covington County, Alabama 36420.
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In 1909, in the year that Mattie Gunter was born, the NAACP was founded by W. E. B. Du Bois. The organization focused on legal strategies designed to confront the critical civil rights issues of the day - which included lynching and segregation in schools. The goal was to secure for all people the rights guaranteed in the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the United States Constitution.

In 1945, Mattie was 36 years old when on June 22nd, the Battle of Okinawa ended. A joint Army and Marine campaign, supported by the Navy, the Battle of Okinawa went on for 82 days. The last Japanese resistance on Okinawa was defeated. 4,907 Navy, 4,675 Army, and 2,938 Marine Corps personnel were killed in the battle on the US side. It is estimated that 110,071 on the Japanese side were killed - the estimate includes Okinawan citizens who were pressed into service and includes children. With the win of Okinawa, the United States gained an important base of operations in the Pacific.

In 1960, at the age of 51 years old, Mattie was alive when on September 26th, the first televised debate for a Presidential campaign in the United States - Kennedy vs Nixon - was held. Seventy million people watched the debate on TV. The debate pre-empted the very popular Andy Griffith Show.

In 1972, she was 63 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 1982, in the year of Mattie Gunter's passing, on June 30th, time ran out on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The Amendment had only received 35 of the necessary 38 state ratifications. First sent to the states in 1972, the Amendment stated that "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex".

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