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Ora Rhodes (1897 - 1975)

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Ora Rhodes
1897 - 1975
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July 3, 1897
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November 1975
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Harrisonburg, Harrisonburg City County, Virginia 22801
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Ora Rhodes was born on July 3, 1897. She died in November 1975 at age 78. We know that Ora Rhodes had been residing in Harrisonburg, Harrisonburg City County, Virginia 22801.
Updated: October 7, 2011
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Ora Rhodes died in November 1975 at 78 years of age. She was born on July 3, 1897. We have no information about Ora's family or relationships. We know that Ora Rhodes had been residing in Harrisonburg, Harrisonburg City County, Virginia 22801.
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1897 - 1975 World Events

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In 1897, in the year that Ora Rhodes was born, in the January 22nd issue of "Engineering", the word "computer" was first used to refer to a mechanical calculation device. Previously - since the 17th century - the term computer meant "one who computes" and referred to human beings who worked with numbers.

In 1901, Ora was merely 4 years old when shortly after beginning his second term, President McKinley was assassinated by the self proclaimed anarchist Leon Czolgosz. The last President to have served in the Civil War - he began as a private and ended the war as a brevet major - McKinley was a Republican. First elected in 1896, he was re-elected in 1900. Six months after the swearing in, McKinley was shot - and died of the gangrene that set in as a result.

In 1942, Ora was 45 years old when due to World War II, automobile production in the United States was stopped on February 1st. A tire rationing program had begun the month before. Detroit - the main hub of car manufacturing - was ordered to free up assembly lines for military production. The president of the Automobile Manufacturers Association said “The automotive industry is in this war all the way". Some dealerships had to close and others expanded their repair shops. The used car market boomed (as did a black market in used cars).

In 1960, Ora was 63 years old when on May 1st, an American CIA U-2 spy plane, piloted by Francis Gary Powers, was shot down by a surface-to-air missile over the Soviet Union. Powers ejected and survived but was captured. The U.S. claimed that the U-2 was a "weather plane" but Powers was convicted in the Soviet Union of espionage. He was released in 1962 after 1 year, 9 months and 10 days in prison.

In 1975, in the year of Ora Rhodes's passing, in January, Popular Mechanics featured the Altair 8800 on it's cover. The Altair home computer kit allowed consumers to build and program their own personal computers. Thousands were sold in the first month.

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