Agnes Lay (1872 - 1959)

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Agnes Lay
1872 - 1959
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1872
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1959
Blac, Australia
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Blac, Australia
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Agnes Lay was born in 1872. She was born to Reside William Lay and Nancy Carr Lay. She died in 1959 in Blac, Australia at 87 years of age.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Agnes Lay passed away in 1959 in Blac, Australia at 87 years of age. She was born in 1872. She was born to Reside William Lay and Nancy Carr Lay.

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In 1872, in the year that Agnes Lay was born, on May 22nd, President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Amnesty Act of 1872. The Act restored full civil rights to secessionists, including about 150,000 former slaves who had fought in the Confederate Army. About 500 former Confederate sympathizers were not allowed their full civil rights.

In 1893, Agnes was 21 years old when on February 1st, Thomas Edison's motion picture studio on his laboratory grounds in West Orange New Jersey was completed. The studio was called "Black Maria" and the first movie made and viewed in it was of 3 people pretending to be blacksmiths.

In 1904, by the time she was 32 years old, the first underground line of the New York City subway system opened. London's underground system was opened in 1863 and Boston opened one in 1897, but New York quickly became the largest system in the U.S. More than 100,000 people paid 5 cents to ride under Manhattan that first day.

In 1930, by the time she was 58 years old, as head of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, William Hays established a code of decency that outlined what was acceptable in films. The public - and government - had felt that films in the '20's had become increasingly risque and that the behavior of its stars was becoming scandalous. Laws were being passed. In response, the heads of the movie studios adopted a voluntary "code", hoping to head off legislation. The first part of the code prohibited "lowering the moral standards of those who see it", called for depictions of the "correct standards of life", and forbade a picture from showing any sort of ridicule towards a law or "creating sympathy for its violation". The second part dealt with particular behavior in film such as homosexuality, the use of specific curse words, and miscegenation.

In 1959, in the year of Agnes Lay's passing, on August 8th, Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States. The US flag was changed to show 50 stars.

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