Ruth Merket (1897 - 1986)

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Ruth Merket
1897 - 1986
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September 11, 1897
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January 1986
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Buffalo, Erie County, New York 14222
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Ruth Merket was born on September 11, 1897. She died in January 1986 at 88 years of age. We know that Ruth Merket had been residing in Buffalo, Erie County, New York 14222.
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Ruth Merket died in January 1986 at 88 years of age. She was born on September 11, 1897. There is no information about Ruth's family. We know that Ruth Merket had been residing in Buffalo, Erie County, New York 14222.

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In 1897, in the year that Ruth Merket was born, on March 4th, William McKinley became the 25th President of the United States. He had beaten William Jennings Bryan in the 1896 election by 51% to 46.7% in the popular vote. Six months into his second term as President, McKinley was assassinated.

In 1912, at the age of just 15 years old, Ruth was alive when Arizona was admitted to the United States in February (on Valentine's Day). It became the 48th state in the Union. Previously a Spanish - then Mexican - territory, the U.S. paid $15 million dollars for the area in 1848. Arizona was the last of the contiguous states to be admitted to the United States.

In 1922, Ruth was 25 years old when on June 22, coal miners in Herrin Illinois, were on strike (coal miners had been on strike nationally since April 1). The striking miners were outraged at the strikebreakers (scabs) that the company had brought in and laid siege to the mine. Three union workers were killed when gunfire was exchanged. The next day, union miners killed 23 strikebreakers and mine guards. No one, on either side, ever faced jail time.

In 1944, Ruth was 47 years old when on December 16th, The Battle of the Bulge began in the Ardennes forest on the Western Front. Lasting for a little over a month, the battle began with a surprise attack by Germany on the Allied forces The U.S. suffered their highest casualties of any operation in World War II - 89,000 were casualties, around 8,600 killed - but Germany also severely depleted their resources and they couldn't be replaced.

In 1986, in the year of Ruth Merket's passing, on January 28th, the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after launch. All seven crew members died. The cause of the explosion was later found to be a failed O-ring. The O-ring failure was due to the unusually cold conditions at Cape Canaveral.

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