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Agnes Popplestone Sampson (1826 - 1905)

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Agnes Popplestone Sampson
1826 - 1905
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1826
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1905
Melbourne South, Australia
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Melbourne South, Australia
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Agnes Popplestone Sampson was born in 1826. She is the child of Sampson John Sampson and Agnes Popplestone Sampson. She died in 1905 in Melbourne South, Australia at age 79.
Updated: September 3, 2013
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Agnes Popplestone Sampson passed away in 1905 in Melbourne South, Australia at age 79. She was born in 1826. She is the child of Sampson John Sampson and Agnes Popplestone Sampson.
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In 1826, in the year that Agnes Popplestone Sampson was born, on March 10th, João VI, King of Portugal and the former Emperor of Brazil, died after a short illness. Six days earlier, the King had become ill after eating at the Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon. An investigative autopsy in the late 1990's discovered that he had been killed by arsenic poisoning - having enough arsenic in his body to kill two people.

In 1835, Agnes was only 9 years old when on January 8th, the U.S. Federal Government declared that President Andrew Jackson had paid off the national debt - for the first and only time.

In 1844, by the time she was 18 years old, on July 3rd, the last known pair of great auk were killed in Iceland. A flightless bird, the average auk was about 33 inches tall and weighed about 11 pounds with a black back and white belly. They were most often found along the coast of Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Canada Great Britain, Ireland - and sometimes as far south as Spain.

In 1894, when she was 68 years old, on April 21st, a coal miners' strike closed mines throughout the central United States. The Panic of 1893, and the resulting depression, hit coal miners hard and the miners only struck for 8 weeks - they couldn't afford to live without their wages any longer.

In 1905, in the year of Agnes Popplestone Sampson's passing, the first movie theater opened in the United States in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was the first theater to show nothing but movies - silent films. Two men, John P. Harris and his brother-in-law Harry Davis, opened the Nickelodeon on Smithfield Street - charging 5 cents for admission. The first day, 450 people watched movies at the new theater - on the second day, more than 1500 people stood in line to get in.

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