Vina Sharpless (1909 - 1987)

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Lutz, Hillsborough County, Florida

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1909 - In the year that Vina Sharpless was born, the NAACP was founded by W. E. B. Du Bois. The organization focused on legal strategies designed to confront the critical civil rights issues of the day - which included lynching and segregation in schools. The goal was to secure for all people the rights guaranteed in the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the United States Constitution.

1936 - Vina was 27 years old when on November 2nd, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) debuted the world's first regular high-definition television service. The channel had a short schedule - Monday through Saturday, 3:00p to 4:00p and 9:00p to 10:00p. The first broadcast was "Opening of the BBC Television Service".

1976 - At the age of 67 years old, Vina was alive when on August 4th, a mysterious illness struck an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Within a week, 25 people had died and 130 people had been hospitalized. It was the first known instance of what came to be called "Legionnaires Disease."

1981 - By the time she was 72 years old, on August 1st, MTV debuted. It was the first music video TV channel. The first music video played was the Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" - the second was Pat Benatar's "You Better Run".

1987 - In the year of Vina Sharpless'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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Vina Sharpless died on November 11, 1987 at age 78. There is no known cause of death. She was born on March 21, 1909. We are unaware of information about Vina's immediate family. We know that Vina Sharpless had been residing in Lutz, Hillsborough County, Florida.

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