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Ruth Irene Fletcher (1924 - 2010)

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Ruth Irene Fletcher
1924 - 2010
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August 26, 1924
Death
December 25, 2010
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Orlando, Orange County, Florida 32825
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Ruth Irene Fletcher was born on August 26, 1924. She died on December 25, 2010 at age 86. We know that Ruth Irene Fletcher had been residing in Orlando, Orange County, Florida 32825.
Updated: October 6, 2011
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Ruth Irene Fletcher died on December 25, 2010 at age 86. She was born on August 26, 1924. We are unaware of information about Ruth's surviving family. We know that Ruth Irene Fletcher had been residing in Orlando, Orange County, Florida 32825.
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In 1924, in the year that Ruth Irene Fletcher 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 1938, she was just 14 years old when on October 30th, a Sunday, The Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast Orson Welles' special Halloween show The War of the World's. A clever take on H.G. Wells' novel, the show began with simulated "breaking news" of an invasion by Martians. Because of the realistic nature of the "news," there was a public outcry the next day, calling for regulation by the FCC. Although the current story is that many were fooled and panicked, in reality very few people were fooled. But the show made Orson Welles' career.

In 1954, at the age of 30 years old, Ruth was alive when from April 22 through June 17th, the Army v. McCarthy hearings were held. The U.S. Army accused Roy Cohn (chief counsel to Senator McCarthy and later trusted mentor of Donald Trump) of blackmail. McCarthy and Cohn accused the U.S. Army of harboring communists. The Army allegations were found to be true. The U.S. Senate later censured McCarthy.

In 1974, at the age of 50 years old, Ruth was alive when on August 9th, Gerald R. Ford became the 38th President of the United States. He had been Vice President for 8 months when he became President due to the resignation of President Nixon.

In 1997, by the time she was 73 years old, on July 1st, Hong Kong was returned to China. In 1898, Great Britain was awarded Hong Kong for 99 years. In a subsequent agreement, China agreed to allow Hong Kong to remain capitalist. So the handing over of the area ended British rule but did not change the economic system of Hong Kong.

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