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Bertha Jesse Block 

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John T Block
9/1856 - 1956

Josephine Unknown (Block)
12/1855 - 12/1955
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Bertha Jesse Block
11/30/1898 - 2/19/1983
Bertha Jesse Block was born on November 30, 1898 in Detroit, Michigan and died on February 19, 1983 in Mount Clemens, Michigan. She lived to be 84 years old.

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Census6/6/1900 Detroit MI (Wayne County) 1 yrs old 
House Number 878, Dwelling Number 121, Family 158: John T Block (age 43,Sep 1856), Josephine Block (age 44, Dec 1855), Mary (age 16, Jun 1883), Lizzie (age 15, Mar 1885), Caroline (age 13, Nov 1886), John (age 10, Sep 1889), William (age 7, Aug 1892), Joseph (age 5, Apr 1895), Josephine (age 5, Apr 1895), Bertha (age 1, Nov 1898). John and Josephine have been married for 18 years and have had 8 children and all 8 are surviving. John and Josephine were both born in Germany but all their children were born in Michigan. John moved to the US in 1880 having at this time been in the US for 20 years. Josephine moved to the US in 1881 and at this time has been in the US for 19 years. All of the family can read, write, and speak English. John is working as a Radiator Work Labor. Mary works as a Laundress, and Lizzie is working as a Seamstress. The family is renting their house. 
Census1/26/1920 Detroit MI (Wayne County) 21 yrs old 
Recorded as family #159: Alfred Thiel (age 26), Bertha (wife, age 21), John (son, 3 yrs, 2 months), and Berath (daughter, 3 months). Alfred and Bertha can read and write. All were born in Michigan. Alfred & Bertha's parents were born in Germany. Alfred is working as a machine repairer at a motor company. 
Census5/5/1930 East Detroit MI (Macomb County) 31 yrs old 
Recorded as dwelling #165: Alfred Thiel (age 37), Bertha (age 31), John (13), Annetta (10), Alfred (8), Kenneth (4 yrs, 9 months), and Rosemary (2 yrs, 10 months). They rent their home and own a radio. The estimated value of their estate is $40. All were born in Michigan. Alfred's parents were born in Germany. Bertha's parents were born in France. Alfred is working as a metal maker in a shop. The older children have been attending school. Alfred and Bertha can read and write. 

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2 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
2 1900 The cause of yellow fever is discovered. It is proven that the fever is spread by mosquitoes. This rallies an effort to provide better mosquito control.
3 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
4 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
5 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
6 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
8 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
8 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
8 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
14 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
15 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
16 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
25 1923 Freud publishes "The Ego and the Id"
25 1923 Diphtheria vaccine is developed; Insulin is produced to treat diabetes
26 1924 Insecticides are used for the first time on crops
28 1926 Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket
29 1927 The first television transmission was announced in England
30 1928 Big bang theory was introduced
38 1936 The first regular television broadcast happens in England
40 1938 Hahn, Strassmann, Meitner and Frisch discover nuclear fission
48 1946 The university of Pennsylvania develops the ENIAC computer, containing 18,000 vacuum tubes
49 1947 Researches at Bell Labs invent the first transistor
53 1951 The first color television is introduced in the U.S.
54 1952 The first sex-change surgery was performed to change George Jorgensen into Christine Jorgensen.
59 1957 Sputnik is launched by the Soviets and becomes the first artificial satellite to orbit the earth. It marks the beginning of the great "space race" between the Soviet Union and the U.S.
62 1960 The ruby laser was created by Maiman
64 1962 U.S. astronaut, John Glenn, orbits the earth
67 1965 The first "space walk" was completed by the Soviet Union
73 1971 The first unmanned spacecraft hit Mars and was launched by the Soviet Union
76 1974 Discovery of "Lucy" in Africa, an almost complete hominid skeleton over 3 million years old, only 3 and a half feet tall but having adult teeth, a small brain, walked upright
77 1975 Invention of the CAT scanner (computerized axial tomography)
81 1979 First "test tube baby" from artificial insemination
83 1981 AIDS is identified by scientist; The first reusable space shuttle, Columbia, is sent into space.
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10 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
14 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
15 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
19 1917 NEWS HEADLINES: In June, the United States enters World War I on the side of the allies. The Russian Revolution ends the reign of the czars and thrusts Russia into communism.
21 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
40 1938 NEWS HEADLINES: Orson Wells' radio production of H.G. Well's War of the Worlds causes a national panic.
41 1939 NEWS HEADLINES: The first regular television broadcast happens in the United States
43 1941 NEWS HEADLINES: December 7, 1941 -- Japan launches a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and the US officially declares war on Japan the following day. World War II begins for American soldiers.
52 1950 NEWS HEADLINES: On June 25, the Korean War begins and the United Nations officially declaring war on North Korea two days later.
57 1955 NEWS HEADLINES: Rosa Parks refuses to give her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, AL.
62 1960 NEWS HEADLINES: The first birth control pill was approved and made available to the public
65 1963 NEWS HEADLINES: On November 22, President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas by Lee Harvey Oswald.
71 1969 NEWS HEADLINES: In July, the U.S. becomes the first nation to land astronauts on the moon. Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to step on the lunar surface.
72 1970 NEWS HEADLINES: U.S. forces invade Cambodia and the Vietnam War continues to escalate. Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix die of drug overdoses. Four Kent State University students are killed during a Vietnam War protest.
79 1977 NEWS HEADLINES: Star Wars is released and becomes the biggest ticket selling movie of all time.
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30 1928 Construction of the Ford River Rouge Plant is completed; the largest integrated factory complex in the world employs 100,000 people
31 1929 The Ambassador Bridge opens between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario. It is the longest bridge in the world when built. The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel would open the next year.
39 1937 Flint Sit-Down Strike ended with official recognition of the United Auto Workers by General Motors.
43 1941 Between 1941-1945 During World War II, Detroit is called the "Arsenal of Democracy" for its wartime industry; Fort Wayne is the largest motor vehicle and parts depot in the world.
45 1943 Riot broke out pitting whites against blacks during wartime.
52 1950 Detroit is the 4th largest city in the U.S., with 1.8 million people
61 1959 Motown music begins recording in Detroit.
62 1960 Census results reveal a 1.45 million increase in state population, the largest in state history.
69 1967 Race riots struck the city of Detroit. After 5 days of rioting, 43 people lay dead, 1,189 injured and over 7,000 people had been arrested. The riot had lasting effects on the entire metro region and is usually cited as one of the reasons the Detroit area is among the most segregated areas in the United States. 1974 Gerald R. Ford
76 1974 Gerald R. Ford of Grand Rapids became the 38th President of the United States.
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11 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
12 1910 Boy Scout and Girl Scout Organizations are introduced in America and the concept of a "week end" meaning time off from regular work begins to take root. The British Empire covers 1/5th of the world land area.
29 1927 Charles Lindbergh becomes the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs.
31 1929 Widespread prosperity of the 1920s ends abruptly with the stock market crash in October
32 1930 Drought in the Great Plains area begins, creating hardship for farm families in 19 states.
34 1932 Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The infant son of Charles Lindbergh is kidnapped and murdered.
35 1933 Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected president under his "New Deal" campaign. Frances Perkins becomes the first woman to hold a cabinet post when FDR appoints her secretary of labor. On December 5, the 21st Amendment is added to the Constitution, repealing Prohibition. Drinks for everyone!
36 1934 Congress passes the Indian Reorganization Act which allows remaining Indian tribes to reorganize.
36 1934 Farm families must leave the dust bowl-stricken Great Plains areas. The dust bowl includes areas in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Nevada and Arkansas. Radio picks up the "Okie" songs. In all, 400,000 people leave the Great Plains.
37 1935 Congress passes the Social Security Act, giving elder Americans Social Security money for the first time.
41 1939 Hollywood releases The Wizard of Oz, one of the first films to be made in color.
45 1943 Japanese Americans are relocated to internment camps; Almost 400,000 coal miners go on strike; Race riots break out in Los Angeles and Detroit.
46 1944 On June 6, Allied forces invade Normandy (referred to as "D-Day")
47 1945 President Roosevelt dies; The United Nations is established; the first atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima.
56 1954 The nationally televised McCarthy hearings lead to Senator Joseph McCarthy's downfall; Segregation by race in schools is declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court; Congress adds the words "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance and requires "In God We Trust" to appear on all American currency.
64 1962 The Cuban missile crisis escalates and Americans prepare for a Nuclear War with Fidel Castro in Cuba.
68 1966 The Black Panther party is founded.
69 1967 Martin Luther King leads an anti Vietnam protest in New York; The American Indian Movement is founded; Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King are assassinated; Three Apollo astronauts are killed in a fire on the launch pad.
73 1971 Charles Manson is found guilt of murder.
74 1972 Break-in at the Democratic headquarters sets of the Watergate Scandal.
75 1973 The Vietnam War peace pacts were signed in Paris and the last of the American forces finally leave Vietnam.
79 1977 Jimmy Carter, a Democrat from GA, is elected president.
83 1981 Ronald Reagan is elected president. He will serve two terms. (Republican)
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11 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
16 1914 World War I - Following the crisis touched off by the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria in Sarajevo, Germany declared war on Russia and additional countries joined the war within several days.
19 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
21 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.
22 1920 Adolph Hitler begins to organize the Nazi party in Germany; The Ku Klux Klan launches a recruitment campaign using mass marketing techniques to gain 85,000 new recruits; the first commercial broadcast is made.
40 1938 Hitler annexes Anschluss into Germany. At the Munich Conference, Germany is given a portion of Czechoslovakia.
41 1939 Hitler takes over all of Czechoslovakia. On Sept. 1st, Germany invades Poland. On Sept. 3rd, Great Britain and France declare war on Germany. World War II has begun.
47 1945 World War II ends with a Japanese delegation signing instrument of surrender aboard battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay.


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Alfred Thiel
Born on April 24, 1893 and died on February 6, 1983
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