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Sophie Declercq (1892 - 1972)

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Sophie Declercq
1892 - 1972
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August 11, 1892
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October 1972
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Oakland, Kennebec County, Maine 04963
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Sophie Declercq was born on August 11, 1892. She died in October 1972 at age 80. We know that Sophie Declercq had been residing in Oakland, Kennebec County, Maine 04963.
Updated: October 2, 2011
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Sophie Declercq passed away in October 1972 at age 80. She was born on August 11, 1892. There is no information about Sophie's immediate family. We know that Sophie Declercq had been residing in Oakland, Kennebec County, Maine 04963.
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1892 - 1972 World Events

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In 1892, in the year that Sophie Declercq was born, on January 1st, Ellis Island opened to process immigrants. 700 passed through on the first day - in the first year, 450,000 were processed. The processing center was originally a 3 story wooden building - with outbuildings - that burned down a few years later.

In 1911, Sophie was 19 years old when Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first man to reach the South Pole, along with four fellow Norwegian explorers. After hearing that Peary had beaten him to the North Pole, Amundsen decided to tackle the South Pole. On December 14th, he succeeded.

In 1923, Sophie was 31 years old when on November 8th and 9th, Adolf Hitler and his followers (the early Nazi party) staged the "Beer Hall Putsch" in Munich in an attempt to take over Bavaria (a state in Germany). They failed. Hitler was charged with treason and convicted, receiving a sentence of 5 years. He served under 1 year in jail.

In 1935, when she was 43 years old, 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 1972, in the year of Sophie Declercq's passing, on June 17th, 5 men were arrested by police in an attempt to bug the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington D.C.’s Watergate hotel. The burglars were found to be paid by cash from a slush fund used by the Committee for the Re-Election of the President - the official organization of President Nixon's campaign.

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