Velma W Roach (1910 - 1988)

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Velma W Roach
1910 - 1988
May 18, 1910
January 4, 1988
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Greenville, Greenville County, South Carolina 29611
Velma W Roach was born on May 18, 1910. She died on January 4, 1988 at 77 years old. We know that Velma W Roach had been residing in Greenville, Greenville County, South Carolina 29611.
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Velma W Roach died on January 4, 1988 at 77 years old. She was born on May 18, 1910. We have no information about Velma's family or relationships. We know that Velma W Roach had been residing in Greenville, Greenville County, South Carolina 29611.

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In 1910, in the year that Velma W Roach was born, the Boy Scouts of America was incorporated. U.S. publisher W.D. Boyce was visiting England when he became lost in the London fog. An unknown Boy Scout helped him find his way out, declining a tip (he said that he was a Boy Scout and was doing his good deed for the day). Boyce was so impressed that he incorporated the Boy Scouts of America when he returned home. Its purpose was "to teach boys patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred values."

In 1929, when she was 19 years old, on October 29th (Black Tuesday), the stock market crashed in the United States. Billions of dollars were lost and some investors committed suicide as a result, having lost their fortunes. This ushered in the 12 year, worldwide Great Depression.

In 1956, Velma was 46 years old when on May 20th, the U.S. tested the first hydrogen bomb dropped from a plane over Bikini Atoll. Previously, hydrogen bombs had only been tested on the ground. The Atomic Age moved forward.

In 1972, she was 62 years old when on September 5th, the Palestinian terrorist group Black September, with the assistance of German neo-nazis, kidnapped and killed 11 Israeli athletes at the Olympic Games in Munich. The attackers crept into the Olympic Village and abducted the athletes while they were sleeping. A German policeman was also killed.

In 1988, in the year of Velma W Roach's passing, on December 21st, Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie Scotland. The explosion killed all 259 people on board and another 11 on the ground. The flight had left Heathrow Airport in London less than an hour before, on its way to New York. After an exhaustive (and long) investigation it came to be believed that two individuals from Libya had planted the bomb.

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