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Rita Chavez (1895 - 1979)

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Rita Chavez
1895 - 1979
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May 22, 1895
Death
March 1979
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Patterson, Stanislaus County, California 95363
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Rita Chavez was born on May 22, 1895. She died in March 1979 at 83 years old. We know that Rita Chavez had been residing in Patterson, Stanislaus County, California 95363.
Updated: November 11, 2011
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Rita Chavez died in March 1979 at 83 years old. She was born on May 22, 1895. We have no information about Rita's family or relationships. We know that Rita Chavez had been residing in Patterson, Stanislaus County, California 95363.
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In 1895, in the year that Rita Chavez was born, on May 18th, Italy's first motor race was held. The race was 58 miles long - from Turin to Asti and back. Five cars started but only three completed the race. It was won by Simone Federman who drove a Daimler Omnibus - his average speed was 9.6 mph.

In 1908, she was only 13 years old when Henry Ford developed the first Model T automobile, often called the Tin Lizzy or flivver. Produced from 1908 through 1927, it first sold for $850 - which made it affordable for every middle class family. Previously, cars were the province of the upper class and the introduction of the Model T and its availability changed U.S. culture. Within days of its release, over 15,000 cars had been ordered.

In 1923, she was 28 years old when on September 1, an earthquake - the Great Kanto earthquake - destroyed one-third of Tokyo. Measuring 7.9 and with a reported duration of between 4 and 10 minutes, casualties totaled about 142,800 deaths, including about 40,000 who went missing and were presumed dead.

In 1935, she was 40 years old when on September 8th, Louisiana Senator Huey Long was shot by Dr. Carl Weiss. Weiss was shot and killed immediately by Long's bodyguards - Long died two days later from his injuries. Long had received many death threats previously, as well as threats against his family. He was a powerful and controversial figure in Louisiana politics (and probably gained power through multiple criminal acts). His opponents became frustrated with their attempts to oust him and Dr. Weiss was the son-in-law of one of those opponents. His funeral was attended by 200,000 mourners.

In 1979, in the year of Rita Chavez's passing, on November 4th, Iranian militant students seized the US embassy in Teheran and held 52 American citizens and diplomats hostage for 444 days. They were released at the end of the inauguration speech of the newly elected Ronald Reagan.

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