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Mona Gardner (1886 - 1976)

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Mona Gardner
1886 - 1976
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August 13, 1886
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October 1976
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Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana 46218
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Mona Gardner was born on August 13, 1886. She died in October 1976 at age 90. We know that Mona Gardner had been residing in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana 46218.
Updated: October 8, 2011
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Mona Gardner passed away in October 1976 at 90 years old. She was born on August 13, 1886. We have no information about Mona's surviving family. We know that Mona Gardner had been residing in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana 46218.
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In 1886, in the year that Mona Gardner was born, on October 28th, President Grover Cleveland officially dedicated the Statue of Liberty. A gift from France, the base for the statue had been built using donations from the American public. The unplanned but enthusiastic celebration after the dedication led to the first ticker tape parade.

In 1927, at the age of 41 years old, Mona was alive when aviator and media darling Charles Lindbergh, age 25, made the first successful solo TransAtlantic flight. "Lucky Lindy" took off from Long Island in New York and flew to Paris, covering  3,600 statute miles and flying for 33 1⁄2-hours. His plane "The Spirit of St. Louis" was a fabric-covered, single-seat, single-engine "Ryan NYP" high-wing monoplane designed by both Lindbergh and the manufacturer's chief engineer.

In 1938, she was 52 years old when 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 1950, at the age of 64 years old, Mona was alive when on October 2, Charlie Brown appeared in the first Peanuts comic strip - created by Charles Schultz - and he was the only character in that strip. That year, Schultz said that Charlie was 4 years old, but Charlie aged a bit through the years.

In 1976, in the year of Mona Gardner's passing, on August 4th, a mysterious illness struck an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Within a week, 25 people had died and 130 people had been hospitalized. It was the first known instance of what came to be called "Legionnaires Disease."

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