Thorwald Hellesto (1892 - 1987)



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Seattle, King County, Washington

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1892 - In the year that Thorwald Hellesto 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.

1937 - Thorwald was 45 years old when on May 6th, the German zeppelin the Hindenburg caught fire and blew up. The Hindenburg was a passenger ship traveling to Frankfurt Germany. It tried to dock in New Jersey, one of the stops, and something went wrong - it blew up. Thirty-six people were killed out of the 97 on board - 13 passengers, 22 crewmen, and one ground worker. The reasons for the explosion are still disputed.

1961 - At the age of 69 years old, Thorwald was alive when on May 5th, Navy Cmdr. Alan B. Shepard, Jr., made the first manned Project Mercury flight, MR-3, in a spacecraft he named Freedom 7. He was the second man to go into space, the first was Yuri Gagarin - a Soviet cosmonaut.

1977 - When this person was 85 years old, 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.

1987 - In the year of Thorwald Hellesto'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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Thorwald Hellesto died in March 1987 at 94 years of age. There is no listed cause of death. Thorwald was born on September 6, 1892. There is no information about Thorwald's family or relationships. We know that Thorwald Hellesto had been residing in Seattle, King County, Washington.


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