Theresa Dobbins (1909 - 1987)

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Theresa Dobbins
1909 - 1987
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September 16, 1909
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October 1987
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Valencia, Butler County, Pennsylvania 16059
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Theresa Dobbins was born on September 16, 1909. She died in October 1987 at 78 years of age. We know that Theresa Dobbins had been residing in Valencia, Butler County, Pennsylvania 16059.
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Theresa Dobbins passed away in October 1987 at age 78. She was born on September 16, 1909. We have no information about Theresa's immediate family. We know that Theresa Dobbins had been residing in Valencia, Butler County, Pennsylvania 16059.

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In 1909, in the year that Theresa Dobbins was born, explorer Robert Peary, a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, claimed to have been the first to have reached the geographic North Pole. His claim has been disputed for over a century - some say that he ended up 60 miles from the North Pole. Peary was the only navigator on his team and he didn't submit his records for public review.

In 1935, when she was 26 years old, on August 14, the Social Security Act was signed into law. The purpose was to "provide federal assistance to those unable to work". The law established the Social Security Administration whose primary focus was to "provide aid for the elderly, the unemployed, and children". The Act survived many Supreme Court challenges and the Administration continues until today.

In 1944, at the age of 35 years old, Theresa was alive when on June 6th, the largest amphibious invasion in history was launched - the Normandy landing (called D-Day). Soldiers from the United States, Britain, Canada, and the Free French landed on Normandy Beach and were later joined by Poland, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Greece, and the Netherlands. Almost 5,000 landing and assault craft, 289 escort vessels, and 277 minesweepers were involved. Nearly 160,000 troops crossed the English Channel on D-Day - Allied casualties on the first day were at least 10,000. 4,414 were confirmed dead.

In 1965, Theresa was 56 years old when from August 11 to 16, riots broke out in Watts, a Black section of Los Angeles. An allegedly drunk African-American driver was stopped by LA police and, after a fight, police brutality was alleged - and the riots began. 34 people died in the rioting and over $40 million in property damage occurred. The National Guard was called in to help the LA police quell rioting.

In 1987, in the year of Theresa Dobbins's passing, was the first time that a criminal in the United States - a serial rapist - was convicted through the use of DNA evidence.

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