Myrna Gustafson (1910 - 1976)

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Myrna Gustafson
1910 - 1976
January 10, 1910
April 1976
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Youngstown, Mahoning County, Ohio 44512
Myrna Gustafson was born on January 10, 1910. She died in April 1976 at age 66. We know that Myrna Gustafson had been residing in Youngstown, Mahoning County, Ohio 44512.
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Myrna Gustafson passed away in April 1976 at 66 years of age. She was born on January 10, 1910. We have no information about Myrna's family. We know that Myrna Gustafson had been residing in Youngstown, Mahoning County, Ohio 44512.

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In 1910, in the year that Myrna Gustafson was born, Halley's comet, which returns past the earth every 75 - 76 years was observed photographically for the first time. Two fortuitous events occurred - photography had been invented since the last time the comet had passed and the comet was relatively close. There was panic because one astronomer claimed that the gas from its tail "would impregnate the atmosphere and possibly snuff out all life on the planet." People bought gas masks, "anti-comet pills" and "anti-comet umbrellas".

In 1927, by the time she was 17 years old, in September, the Columbia Broadcasting System (later called CBS) became the second national radio network in the U.S. The first broadcast was a presentation by the Howard Barlow Orchestra from radio station WOR in Newark, New Jersey.

In 1949, when she was 39 years old, comedian Milton Berle hosted the first telethon show. It raised $1,100,000 for cancer research and lasted 16 hours. The next day, newspapers, in writing about the event, first used the word "telethon."

In 1954, she was 44 years old when 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.

In 1976, in the year of Myrna Gustafson'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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