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Pauline Swenson (1891 - 1985)

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Pauline Swenson
1891 - 1985
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February 9, 1891
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February 1985
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Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa 52501
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Pauline Swenson was born on February 9, 1891. She died in February 1985 at 93 years old. We know that Pauline Swenson had been residing in Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa 52501.
Updated: November 8, 2011
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Pauline Swenson died in February 1985 at age 93. She was born on February 9, 1891. We are unaware of information about Pauline's immediate family. We know that Pauline Swenson had been residing in Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa 52501.
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In 1891, in the year that Pauline Swenson was born, James Naismith, at the Springfield Massachusetts YMCA, invented the game of basketball. Originally using two peach baskets and a soccer ball, he created the game to keep his students active during the long, harsh New England winters.

In 1933, by the time she was 42 years old, on March 4th, Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the 32nd President of the United States. He was elected four times (equaled by no other President) and guided the United States through the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and World War 2. His wife was his cousin Eleanor Roosevelt (Teddy Roosevelt's niece) who President Truman called "First Lady of the World". Some of the major programs that survive from his presidency are the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Wagner Act (The National Labor Relations Act of 1935) , the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Social Security.

In 1942, Pauline was 51 years old when on November 28th at 10:15p, a nightclub in Boston, the Cocoanut Grove, caught fire. The origins of the fire are unknown but it killed 492 people - the deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history. Hundreds more were injured. The disaster was so shocking that it replaced World War II in the headlines and lead to reforms in safety standards and codes.

In 1967, by the time she was 76 years old, between June 5th and 10th, Israeli and Egypt, Jordan, and Syria fought what came to be called the "Six-Day War". The hostilities began when Israel launched "preemptive" strikes against Egypt, destroying nearly its entire air force. It ended with Israel occupying the Sinai Peninsula, Golan Heights, Gaza Strip and West Bank.

In 1985, in the year of Pauline Swenson's passing, in May, a paper published in Nature by three British scientists reported that a huge hole was discovered in the ozone layer over the Antarctic. It was much larger than expected and is due to the use of manmade chemicals.

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