Alexandra Best

(1881 - 1959)

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Alexandra Best
1881 - 1959
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1881
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1959
Brighton, Australia
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Brighton, Australia
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Alexandra Best was born in 1881. She was born to Dick John Best and Janet Fraser Best. She died in 1959 in Brighton, Australia at 78 years old.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Alexandra Best died in 1959 in Brighton, Australia at 78 years of age. She was born in 1881. She was born to Dick John Best and Janet Fraser Best.

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In 1881, in the year that Alexandra Best was born, on April 28th, Billy the Kid escaped from the Lincoln County Jail in New Mexico. He killed James Bell and Robert Ollinger in the escape and then stole a horse and rode out of town. On July 14th, Pat Garrett shot and killed Billy the Kid in Billy's friend's home near Fort Sumner, New Mexico.

In 1896, she was only 15 years old when on May 18th, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in the case of Plessy v. Ferguson. By a vote of 7 to 1, the Court upheld state racial segregation laws, introducing the idea of "separate but equal" facilities for races.

In 1904, Alexandra was 23 years old when the Russo-Japanese war began. The Russian Empire and the Japanese Empire began fighting over the territories of Manchuria and Korea. Russia wanted a warm water port on the Pacific Ocean while Japan feared growing encroachment from Russia into Asia. So the Japan fleet launched a surprise attack on the Russian Navy and a one year war began. President Roosevelt of the United States brokered peace between the two nations. It was the first time in the modern era that an Asian power showed its dominance over a European power.

In 1915, by the time she was 34 years old, Audrey Munson, playing a model for a sculptor in the film "Inspiration", became the first actress to shed her clothes on screen. Fearing that banning the film would mean that censors would also have to "ban Renaissance art" the film was released, with Munson in the nude scenes and a stand-in doing the acting. (Munson had previously been "America's First Supermodel" and posed nude as the model for many famous artworks.) The film was a hit with audiences.

In 1959, in the year of Alexandra Best'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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