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Phyllis M Wainwright (1908 - 1988)

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Phyllis M Wainwright
1908 - 1988
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April 29, 1908
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January 13, 1988
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Meadville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania 16335
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Phyllis M Wainwright was born on April 29, 1908. She died on January 13, 1988 at 79 years of age. We know that Phyllis M Wainwright had been residing in Meadville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania 16335.
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Phyllis M Wainwright died on January 13, 1988 at age 79. She was born on April 29, 1908. We have no information about Phyllis' family or relationships. We know that Phyllis M Wainwright had been residing in Meadville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania 16335.
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In 1908, in the year that Phyllis M Wainwright was born, the Federal Bureau of Investigation was established as the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States; it simultaneously served as the nation's prime federal law enforcement agency. Stanley Finch was the first Chief (now called Director).

In 1920, when she was merely 12 years old, on November 2, radio station KDKA began broadcasting in Pittsburgh, PA. This was the first commercial radio broadcast in the United States. Westinghouse, a leading manufacturer of radios and the backer of the station, chose the date because of the Presidential election. People liked it because they could hear about the results of the election between Harding and Cox before the morning papers arrived. Four years later, there were 600 commercial stations broadcasting in the U.S.

In 1940, at the age of 32 years old, Phyllis was alive when on November 5th, President Franklin Roosevelt was elected to a third term, defeating Wendell Willkie of Indiana (a corporate lawyer). Roosevelt running for a third term was controversial. But the U.S. was emerging from the Great Recession and he promised that he would not involve the country in any foreign war (which of course changed when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor). Roosevelt defeated Willkie in the popular vote by 54.7 to 44.8% and in the Electoral College 449 to 82.

In 1957, when she was 49 years old, on October 4th, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the first man made earth-orbiting satellite - and triggered the Space Race. Sputnik I was only 23 inches in diameter and had no tracking equipment, only 4 antennas, but it had a big impact.

In 1988, in the year of Phyllis M Wainwright'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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