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Viola M Rolfson (1913 - 2009)

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Viola M Rolfson
1913 - 2009
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August 14, 1913
Death
June 20, 2009
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Bismarck, Burleigh County, North Dakota 58503
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Viola M Rolfson was born on August 14, 1913. She died on June 20, 2009 at 95 years of age. We know that Viola M Rolfson had been residing in Bismarck, Burleigh County, North Dakota 58503.
Updated: November 9, 2011
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Viola M Rolfson passed away on June 20, 2009 at age 95. She was born on August 14, 1913. We have no information about Viola's surviving family. We know that Viola M Rolfson had been residing in Bismarck, Burleigh County, North Dakota 58503.
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In 1913, in the year that Viola M Rolfson was born, the Philippine–American War ended for good in June. While the official end of the war was in 1902, fighting continued for several years. An estimated 200,000 to 250,000 total Filipino civilians died and although the U.S. viewed its role as a colonial presence as one of preparing the Philippines for independence, American colonization drastically changed the character off the culture. The Catholic Church was no longer the state religion and English became the primary language of the government.

In 1954, Viola was 41 years old when on May 17th, the Supreme Court released a decision on Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. The ruling stated that state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students was unconstitutional thus paving the way for integration in schools.

In 1970, when she was 57 years old, on May 4th, four students at Kent State University in Ohio were shot and killed by National Guardsmen. The students were at a peaceful demonstration protesting the invasion of Cambodia by US forces. There had been precedent for the killing of American college students. The previous year, on May 15th, Alameda County Sheriffs used shotguns against U.C. Berkeley students at a protest for People's Park. One student died, one was blinded, 128 were injured.

In 1980, when she was 67 years old, on December 8th, ex-Beatle John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman in front of his home - the Dakota - in New York City. Chapman was found guilty of murder and still remains in jail.

In 1997, by the time she was 84 years old, on June 26th, the first Harry Potter book by J. K. Rowling was released. "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" was an immediate success and spawned not only sequels but also movies, video games, plays, and amusement park attractions. J.K. Rowling, at the time of the first book a poor single mother, has become a multi-billionaire.

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