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Thelma Ross (1925 - 2009)

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Thelma Ross
1925 - 2009
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April 18, 1925
Death
January 23, 2009
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Lititz, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania 17543
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Thelma Ross was born on April 18, 1925. She died on January 23, 2009 at 83 years of age. We know that Thelma Ross had been residing in Lititz, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania 17543.
Updated: October 6, 2011
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Thelma Ross died on January 23, 2009 at 83 years old. She was born on April 18, 1925. We have no information about Thelma's family or relationships. We know that Thelma Ross had been residing in Lititz, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania 17543.
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In 1925, in the year that Thelma Ross was born, in July, the Scopes Trial - often called the Scopes Monkey Trial - took place, prosecuting a substitute teacher for teaching evolution in school. Tennessee had enacted a law that said it was "unlawful to teach human evolution in any state-funded school". William Jennings Bryan headed the prosecution and Clarence Darrow headed the defense. The teacher was found guilty and fined $100. An appeal to the Supreme Court of Tennessee upheld the law but overturned the guilty verdict.

In 1938, by the time she was only 13 years old, on October 30th, a Sunday, The Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast Orson Welles' special Halloween show The War of the World's. A clever take on H.G. Wells' novel, the show began with simulated "breaking news" of an invasion by Martians. Because of the realistic nature of the "news," there was a public outcry the next day, calling for regulation by the FCC. Although the current story is that many were fooled and panicked, in reality very few people were fooled. But the show made Orson Welles' career.

In 1955, when she was 30 years old, on September 10th the TV show "Gunsmoke" debuted on CBS. It went on to be television's longest-running western. Matt Dillon, Chester, Doc Adams, and Miss Kitty became household names.

In 1969, when she was 44 years old, on January 20th, Richard M. Nixon became the 37th President of the United States. Previously the Vice President to President Eisenhower, Nixon was the only President to resign in office - in his second term.

In 1984, by the time she was 59 years old, due to outrage about "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (it seemed too "dark" to many and it was rated PG), a new rating was devised - PG-13. The first film rated PG-13 was "Red Dawn".

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