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Pearl Ferland (1907 - 1988)

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Pearl Ferland
1907 - 1988
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June 23, 1907
Death
April 4, 1988
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Central Falls, Providence County, Rhode Island 02863
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Pearl Ferland was born on June 23, 1907. She died on April 4, 1988 at age 80. We know that Pearl Ferland had been residing in Central Falls, Providence County, Rhode Island 02863.
Updated: October 3, 2011
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Pearl Ferland passed away on April 4, 1988 at 80 years old. She was born on June 23, 1907. There is no information about Pearl's family. We know that Pearl Ferland had been residing in Central Falls, Providence County, Rhode Island 02863.
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In 1907, in the year that Pearl Ferland was born, the state of Oklahoma was admitted to the United States on November 16. Previously called "Oklahoma Territory" and "Indian Territory", the two areas were merged and Oklahoma became the 46th state. It is the 28th most populous state.

In 1921, by the time she was just 14 years old, the silent film The Sheik, directed by George Melford and starring Rudolph Valentino and Agnes Ayres (also featuring Adolphe Menjou) debuted on October 21st. Critics weren't enthusiastic but the public loved it - in the first few weeks 125,000 people had seen the movie - and it eventually exceeded $1 million in ticket sales. And Rudolph Valentino, an Italian American, became the heartthrob of a female generation.

In 1931, by the time she was 24 years old, in March, “The Star Spangled Banner” officially became the national anthem by congressional resolution. Other songs had previously been used - among them, "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", "God Bless America", and "America the Beautiful". There was fierce debate about making "The Star Spangled Banner" the national anthem - Southerners and veterans organizations supported it, pacifists and educators opposed it.

In 1951, at the age of 44 years old, Pearl was alive when on April 5th, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (husband and wife) were sentenced to death for treason. They were executed on June 19th. American citizens, they were convicted of spying for the Soviet Union. Their two young sons were adopted by a high school teacher and his wife.

In 1988, in the year of Pearl Ferland's passing, on December 16th, 1988 the popular film Rain Man was released. Featuring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. this film brought attention to autistic savants and was based on the "megasavant" Laurence Kim Peek. The film would later go to win four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and Best Actor in a Leading Role.

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