Phyllis Lear (1924 - 1986)

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Phyllis Lear
1924 - 1986
May 28, 1924
September 1986
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Deer Lodge, Powell County, Montana 59722
Phyllis Lear was born on May 28, 1924. She died in September 1986 at 62 years old. We know that Phyllis Lear had been residing in Deer Lodge, Powell County, Montana 59722.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Phyllis Lear passed away in September 1986 at 62 years of age. She was born on May 28, 1924. We have no information about Phyllis' family. We know that Phyllis Lear had been residing in Deer Lodge, Powell County, Montana 59722.

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In 1924, in the year that Phyllis Lear was born, in May, wealthy college students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb kidnapped and killed 14 year old Robert Franks "in the interest of science". Leopold and Loeb thought that they were intellectually superior and that they could commit the perfect crime and not be caught. They were brought in for questioning within 8 days and quickly confessed. Clarence Darrow was hired as their defense lawyer, getting them life imprisonment instead of a death sentence. Loeb was eventually killed in prison - Leopold was released after 33 years, dying of a heart attack at age 66.

In 1934, Phyllis was just 10 years old when on November 11th 1933, an extremely strong dust storm hit South Dakota, stripping topsoil. Other strong dust storms had occurred during 1933. Severe droughts continued to hit the Great Plains and the dust storms devastated agricultural production as well as people's' lives for several years. The Roosevelt administration and scientists eventually determined that farming practices had caused the conditions that led to the dust storms and the changes they implemented in farming stopped the Dust Bowl.

In 1945, Phyllis was 21 years old when on May 8th, World War II in Europe ended when Germany surrendered. Hitler had committed suicide a week before.

In 1969, at the age of 45 years old, Phyllis was alive when one hundred countries, along with the United States and the Soviet Union signed the nuclear nonproliferation treaty (NPT). It called for stopping the spread of nuclear weapons, the peaceful use of nuclear energy, and the goal of nuclear disarmament.

In 1986, in the year of Phyllis Lear's passing, 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.

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