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Thelma Merle Jacks (1911 - 1977)

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Thelma Merle Jacks
1911 - 1977
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1911
Death
1977
Carr, Australia
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Carr, Australia
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Thelma Merle Jacks was born in 1911. She is the child of Hahn Francis G Jacks and Mary Ann Brooks Jacks. She died in 1977 in Carr, Australia at age 66.
Updated: September 4, 2013
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Thelma Merle Jacks died in 1977 in Carr, Australia at 66 years old. She was born in 1911. She is the child of Hahn Francis G Jacks and Mary Ann Brooks Jacks.
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In 1911, in the year that Thelma Merle Jacks was born, British physicist Ernest Rutherford (born in New Zealand), along with German physicist Hans Geiger, discovered the structure of an atom. He found that atoms had nuclei (a nucleus) and were circled by electrons, much as planets orbit the sun.

In 1927, at the age of 16 years old, Thelma was alive when the first "talkie" (a movie with music, songs, and talking), The Jazz Singer, was released. Al Jolson starred as a cantor's son who instead of following in his father's footsteps as expected, becomes a singer of popular songs. Banished by his father, they reconcile on his father's deathbed. It was a tear-jerker and audiences went wild - especially when they heard the songs. Thus begun the demise of silent films and the rise of "talkies".

In 1941, she was 30 years old when in his State of the Union address on January 6th, President Roosevelt detailed the "four freedoms" that everyone in the world should have: Freedom of speech, Freedom of worship, Freedom from want, and Freedom from fear. In the same speech, he outlined the benefits of democracy which he said were economic opportunity, employment, social security, and the promise of "adequate health care".

In 1950, when she was 39 years old, on June 25th, the Korean War began when North Korean Communist forces crossed the 38th parallel. The Soviet Union and China backed North Korea and the U.N., primarily the United States backed South Korea.

In 1977, in the year of Thelma Merle Jacks's passing, on January 21st, President Carter pardoned "draft dodgers" - men who avoided the draft during the Vietnam War. He fulfilled a campaign promise with the pardon. But it only applied to civilian evaders - the estimated 500,000 to 1 million active-duty personnel who went AWOL were not included.

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