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Ora Rhodes (1886 - 1978)

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Ora Rhodes
1886 - 1978
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August 31, 1886
Death
October 1978
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Fulton, Fulton County, Kentucky 42041
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Ora Rhodes was born on August 31, 1886. She died in October 1978 at 92 years old. We know that Ora Rhodes had been residing in Fulton, Fulton County, Kentucky 42041.
Updated: November 4, 2011
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Ora Rhodes died in October 1978 at age 92. She was born on August 31, 1886. There is no information about Ora's family. We know that Ora Rhodes had been residing in Fulton, Fulton County, Kentucky 42041.
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In 1886, in the year that Ora Rhodes was born, on May 4th, a general strike began in Chicago. Workers were striking for an 8 hour workday and in protest of the killing - by police - of several workers the day before. When an unknown person threw a dynamite bomb, the strike became violent. Seven policemen were killed as well as 4 civilians. It became known as the Haymarket Riot and eventually resulted in an 8 hourwork day as well as commemorations on May 1st for worker's rights.

In 1912, she was 26 years old when Arizona was admitted to the United States in February (on Valentine's Day). It became the 48th state in the Union. Previously a Spanish - then Mexican - territory, the U.S. paid $15 million dollars for the area in 1848. Arizona was the last of the contiguous states to be admitted to the United States.

In 1928, when she was 42 years old, Mickie Mouse was born! He first appeared in Disney's Steamboat Willie, along with Minnie. Although they were in two previous shorts, this was the first to be distributed. Steamboat Willie took advantage of the new technology and was a "talkie" - music was coordinated with the animation. It became the most popular cartoon of its day.

In 1961, at the age of 75 years old, Ora was alive when on January 20th, John F. Kennedy became the 35th President of the United States. He had previously been a U.S. Senator and a Congressman, both from the state of Massachusetts, as well as a Naval lieutenant in World War II.

In 1978, in the year of Ora Rhodes's passing, on November 18th, Jim Jones's Peoples Temple followers committed mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana - where they had moved, from San Francisco, as a group. Jones was the leader of the cult and ordered his followers to drink cyanide-laced punch, which they did. Whole families (women and children included) died - more than 900 people in all.

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