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Tillie Peterson (1895 - 1990)

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Tillie Peterson
1895 - 1990
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May 31, 1895
Death
December 19, 1990
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Bismarck, Burleigh County, North Dakota 58501
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Tillie Peterson was born on May 31, 1895. She died on December 19, 1990 at age 95. We know that Tillie Peterson had been residing in Bismarck, Burleigh County, North Dakota 58501.
Updated: November 9, 2011
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Tillie Peterson died on December 19, 1990 at 95 years of age. She was born on May 31, 1895. We have no information about Tillie's immediate family. We know that Tillie Peterson had been residing in Bismarck, Burleigh County, North Dakota 58501.
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In 1895, in the year that Tillie Peterson was born, on March 15th, in County Tipperary, Ireland, Michael Cleary killed his wife of 8 years, Bridget, and burned her body. His defense was that his "wife" was a changeling that was left in his real wife's place when she was abducted by fairies. He was nonetheless convicted and imprisoned for manslaughter. He spent 15 years in prison.

In 1907, when she was only 12 years old, radiometric dating, a recently discovered technology that could date rocks, found that the earth was 2.2 billion years old which was dramatically older than previously thought. Later refinements and advancements in science would date the age of the earth at over 4.5 billion years.

In 1935, when she was 40 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 1974, she was 79 years old when on February 5th, Patty Hearst, age 19 - granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst and daughter of publisher of the San Francisco Examiner Randolph Hearst - was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army, a left wing terrorist group. She was found, alive, 19 months later.

In 1990, in the year of Tillie Peterson's passing, on April 24th, the Hubble telescope was launched into space after long delays due to the Challenger explosion. An optical flaw was found within weeks of launch but was fixed within three years. The discoveries made possible by the Hubble have contributed to scientists' understanding of the universe.

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