Petra C Badillo (1897 - 2000)

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San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas

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1897 - In the year that Petra C Badillo was born, on September 21st, editor and publisher Francis P. Church responded to a letter to the editor from Virginia O'Hanlon, 8 years old. Virginia's father had told her that "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." So she wrote to the Sun, asking if there was a Santa Claus. Church responded with the now famous editorial "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus".

1925 - By the time she was 28 years old, in July, the Scopes Trial - often called the Scopes Monkey Trial - took place, prosecuting a substitute teacher for teaching evolution in school. Tennessee had enacted a law that said it was "unlawful to teach human evolution in any state-funded school". William Jennings Bryan headed the prosecution and Clarence Darrow headed the defense. The teacher was found guilty and fined $100. An appeal to the Supreme Court of Tennessee upheld the law but overturned the guilty verdict.

1929 - When she was 32 years old, on October 29th (Black Tuesday), the stock market crashed in the United States. Billions of dollars were lost and some investors committed suicide as a result, having lost their fortunes. This ushered in the 12 year, worldwide Great Depression.

1986 - When she was 89 years old, on September 8th, the Oprah Winfrey Show went into national syndication. A popular talk show, it was number 1 in the ratings since its debut. The last show aired on May 25, 2011.

1987 - Petra was 90 years old when was the first time that a criminal in the United States - a serial rapist - was convicted through the use of DNA evidence.

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Petra C Badillo died on June 7, 2000 at age 102. There is no listed cause of death for Petra. She was born on October 19, 1897. We are unaware of information about Petra's immediate family. We know that Petra C Badillo had been residing in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.

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