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Virginia M Gomez (1920 - 2007)

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Virginia M Gomez
1920 - 2007
Born
August 12, 1920
Death
December 16, 2007
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Houston, Harris County, Texas 77009
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Virginia M Gomez was born on August 12, 1920. She died on December 16, 2007 at 87 years old. We know that Virginia M Gomez had been residing in Houston, Harris County, Texas 77009.
Updated: November 8, 2011
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Virginia M Gomez died on December 16, 2007 at 87 years old. She was born on August 12, 1920. There is no information about Virginia's surviving family. We know that Virginia M Gomez had been residing in Houston, Harris County, Texas 77009.
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In 1920, in the year that Virginia M Gomez was born, on November 2, radio station KDKA began broadcasting in Pittsburgh, PA. This was the first commercial radio broadcast in the United States. Westinghouse, a leading manufacturer of radios and the backer of the station, chose the date because of the Presidential election. People liked it because they could hear about the results of the election between Harding and Cox before the morning papers arrived. Four years later, there were 600 commercial stations broadcasting in the U.S.

In 1943, at the age of 23 years old, Virginia was alive when on June 20th through June 22nd, the Detroit Race Riot erupted at Belle Isle Park. The rioting spread throughout the city (made worse by false rumors of attacks on blacks and whites) and resulted in the deployment of 6,000 Federal troops. 34 people were killed, (25 of them black) - mostly by white police or National Guardsmen, 433 were wounded (75 percent of them black) and an estimated $2 million of property was destroyed. The same summer, there were riots in Beaumont, Texas and Harlem, New York.

In 1959, at the age of 39 years old, Virginia was alive when on January 3rd, Alaska became the 49th state of the United States and the first state not a part of the contiguous United States. The flag was changed to display 49 stars.

In 1976, she was 56 years old 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."

In 1994, at the age of 74 years old, Virginia was alive when on May 6th, the Channel Tunnel or "Chunnel" was officially opened. The Chunnel is a railway tunnel beneath the English Channel that connects Great Britain to mainland France. Original plans for such a tunnel were developed in 1802 and approved by Napoleon Bonaparte but the British rejected the plan fearing that Napoleon would use the railway to invade.

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