Melvina Blanchard (1931 - 1998)

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Palm Springs, Riverside County, California

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James Grinnell Blanchard Memorial Program

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James Grinnell Blanchard parasailing in Mexico.

James Grinnell Blanchard parasailing in Mexico.

Anne Mary (Parry) Blanchard

Anne Mary (Parry) Blanchard

Edwin H. Blanchard

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Amanda Stevenson and Linda Garrett

Amanda Stevenson and Linda Garrett

James Grinnell Blanchard and friends

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James Blanchard and Lucine Amara

James Blanchard and Lucine Amara

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James Grinnell Blanchard Family

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James Grinnell Blanchard and Tom Mulvey

James Grinnell Blanchard and Tom Mulvey

James Blanchard and Tom and Barbara Mulvey

James Blanchard and Tom and Barbara Mulvey

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1931 - In the year that Melvina Blanchard was born, in March, “The Star Spangled Banner” officially became the national anthem by congressional resolution. Other songs had previously been used - among them, "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", "God Bless America", and "America the Beautiful". There was fierce debate about making "The Star Spangled Banner" the national anthem - Southerners and veterans organizations supported it, pacifists and educators opposed it.

1944 - At the age of merely 13 years old, Melvina was alive when on June 6th, the largest amphibious invasion in history was launched - the Normandy landing (called D-Day). Soldiers from the United States, Britain, Canada, and the Free French landed on Normandy Beach and were later joined by Poland, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Greece, and the Netherlands. Almost 5,000 landing and assault craft, 289 escort vessels, and 277 minesweepers were involved. Nearly 160,000 troops crossed the English Channel on D-Day - Allied casualties on the first day were at least 10,000. 4,414 were confirmed dead.

1979 - She was 48 years old when on March 28th, a partial nuclear meltdown occurred at the power plant at Three Mile Island Pennsylvania. Radiation leaked into the environment, resulting in a rating of 5 on a scale of 7 ("Accident With Wider Consequences") . It ended up costing $1 billion to clean up the site.

1995 - She was 64 years old when on September 3rd, eBay was founded in San Jose California. Beginning as simply a place for Pierre Omidyar's girlfriend (now wife) to share her Pez passion and collection online, the site has become a multibillion-dollar business and operates in 30 countries.

1998 - In the year of Melvina Blanchard's passing, on December 19th, the movie Titanic - based on the 1912 sinking of the ship and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet - was released. Winning 11 Oscars, it was the first film to gross over a billion dollars and eventually grossed over $2 billion.

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Melvina Blanchard died on August 19, 1998 at 67 years old. There is no known cause of death. She was born on March 30, 1931. There is no information about Melvina's immediate family. We know that Melvina Blanchard had been residing in Palm Springs, Riverside County, California.

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