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Ruth M Lyday (1920 - 2003)

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Ruth M Lyday
1920 - 2003
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September 9, 1920
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October 15, 2003
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Port Arthur, Jefferson County, Texas 77642
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Ruth M Lyday was born on September 9, 1920. She died on October 15, 2003 at age 83. We know that Ruth M Lyday had been residing in Port Arthur, Jefferson County, Texas 77642.
Updated: November 8, 2011
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Ruth M Lyday died on October 15, 2003 at 83 years of age. She was born on September 9, 1920. There is no information about Ruth's family. We know that Ruth M Lyday had been residing in Port Arthur, Jefferson County, Texas 77642.
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In 1920, in the year that Ruth M Lyday was born, the Volstead Act became law. Formally called the National Prohibition Act, the Volstead Act enabled law enforcement agencies to carry out the 18th Amendment. It said that "no person shall manufacture, sell, barter, transport, import, export, deliver, or furnish any intoxicating liquor except as authorized by this act" and defined intoxicating liquor as any beverage containing more than 0.5% alcohol by volume.

In 1934, when she was just 14 years old, on July 22nd, gangster John Dillinger was killed in Chicago. His gang had robbed banks and police stations, among other charges, and he was being hunted by J. Edgar Hoover, head of the FBI - although many in the public saw him as a "Robin Hood". A madam from a brothel in which he was hiding became an informer for the FBI and, after a shootout with FBI agents, Dillinger was shot and died.

In 1946, at the age of 26 years old, Ruth was alive when pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock's book "The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care" was published. It sold half a million copies in the first six months. Aside from the Bible, it became the best selling book of the 20th century. A generation of Baby Boomers were raised by the advice of Dr. Spock.

In 1962, when she was 42 years old, on October 1st, African-American James H. Meredith, escorted by federal marshals, registered at the University of Mississippi - becoming the first African-American student admitted to the segregated college. He had been inspired by President Kennedy's inaugural address to apply for admission.

In 1999, she was 79 years old when the fear that Y2K (year 2000) would cause the failure of computers worldwide when clocks didn't properly update to January 1st, 2000 became near panic. While some computer systems and software did have problems, the panic was unfounded and computer life went on.

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