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Sonja Gowan (1926 - 1978)

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Sonja Gowan
1926 - 1978
Born
December 29, 1926
Death
April 1978
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Sonja Gowan was born on December 29, 1926, and died at age 51 years old in April 1978. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Sonja Gowan.
Updated: October 3, 2011
Biography ID: 6304256

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Sonja Gowan passed away at age 51 years old in April 1978. Sonja Gowan was born on December 29, 1926. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Sonja Gowan.

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Sonja Gowan lived 21 years shorter than the average Gowan family member when she died at the age of 51.
The average age of a Gowan family member is 72.
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1926 - 1978 World Events

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In 1926, in the year that Sonja Gowan was born, on November 15th, NBC was founded. It was the U.S.'s first major broadcast network. Ownership of the network was split between RCA (a majority partner at 50%), its founding corporate parent General Electric (which owned 30%), and Westinghouse (which owned the remaining 20%).

In 1932, at the age of only 6 years old, Sonja was alive when five years to the day after Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic, Amelia Earhart flew solo from Newfoundland to Ireland, the first woman to cross the Atlantic solo and the first to replicate Lindbergh's feat. She flew over 2,000 miles in just under 15 hours.

In 1942, when she was 16 years old, due to World War II, automobile production in the United States was stopped on February 1st. A tire rationing program had begun the month before. Detroit - the main hub of car manufacturing - was ordered to free up assembly lines for military production. The president of the Automobile Manufacturers Association said “The automotive industry is in this war all the way". Some dealerships had to close and others expanded their repair shops. The used car market boomed (as did a black market in used cars).

In 1966, when she was 40 years old, on July 1st, Medicare became available after President Johnson signed into law the Medicare Act in 1965. President Truman had received the first Medicare card since he had been the first to propose national healthcare law. insurance.

In 1978, in the year of Sonja Gowan's passing, on November 18th, Jim Jones's Peoples Temple followers committed mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana - where they had moved, from San Francisco, as a group. Jones was the leader of the cult and ordered his followers to drink cyanide-laced punch, which they did. Whole families (women and children included) died - more than 900 people in all.

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