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Verna Turner (1918 - 1983)

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Verna Turner
1918 - 1983
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September 24, 1918
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February 1983
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Oakland, Alameda County, California 94606
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Verna Turner was born on September 24, 1918. She died in February 1983 at age 64. We know that Verna Turner had been residing in Oakland, Alameda County, California 94606.
Updated: November 12, 2011
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Verna Turner passed away in February 1983 at age 64. She was born on September 24, 1918. We have no information about Verna's family or relationships. We know that Verna Turner had been residing in Oakland, Alameda County, California 94606.
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In 1918, in the year that Verna Turner was born, federal spending was $12.68 billion, unemployment was 1.4% and the cost of a first-class stamp was 3 cents.

In 1941, at the age of 23 years old, Verna was alive when on June 25th, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 8802, prohibiting racial discrimination in the defense industry. EO 8802 was the first federal action to prohibit employment discrimination - without prejudice as to "race, creed, color, or national origin" - in the U.S. Civil Rights groups had planned a march on Washington D.C. to protest for equal rights but with the signing of the Order, they canceled the March.

In 1952, she was 34 years old when on July 2, Dr. Jonas E. Salk tested the first dead-virus polio vaccine on 43 children. The worst epidemic of polio had broken out that year - in the U.S. there were 58,000 cases reported. Of these, 3,145 people had died and 21,269 were left with mild to disabling paralysis.

In 1975, Verna was 57 years old when on September 5th, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme tried to assassinate President Ford in Sacramento, California. She failed when her gun wouldn't fire. President Ford escaped a second assassination attempt 17 days later on September 22 when Sarah Jane Moore tried to shoot him in San Francisco. A bystander saw her raise her arm, grabbed it, and the shot went wild.

In 1983, in the year of Verna Turner's passing, physicist Sally K. Ride, 32, became the first US woman astronaut in space as a crew member aboard space shuttle Challenger on June 18th. She was also the youngest (32) astronaut to go into space. Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman in space in 1963.

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