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Alice Downey (1889 - 1979)

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Alice Downey
1889 - 1979
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October 6, 1889
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November 1979
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West Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut 06516
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Alice Downey was born on October 6, 1889. She died in November 1979 at age 90. We know that Alice Downey had been residing in West Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut 06516.
Updated: October 3, 2011
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Alice Downey passed away in November 1979 at age 90. She was born on October 6, 1889. We are unaware of information about Alice's immediate family. We know that Alice Downey had been residing in West Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut 06516.
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1889 - 1979 World Events

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In 1889, in the year that Alice Downey was born, on April 20th, Adolf Hitler was born in Austria-Hungary - now Austria. In his early 30's, he began his rise to power in German politics, eventually becoming the leader of the Nazi Party and F├╝hrer of Nazi Germany. He presided over the death of millions of civilians as well as leading Germany through World War II.

In 1913, when she was 24 years old, the 17th Amendment, establishing the direct election of U.S. Senators, was adopted. Previously, Senators were elected by state legislatures. As early as 1826, a call to elect senators through popular vote was championed and previous to the 17th amendment, two states had already changed their process. Governors are still able to appoint senators to vacant seats until an election can be held.

In 1939, at the age of 50 years old, Alice was alive when in May, Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first full-length animated film, reached a total international gross of $6.5 million which made it (to then) the most successful sound film of all time. First released in December 1937, it was originally dubbed "Disney's Folly" but the premiere received a standing ovation from the audience. At the 11th Academy Awards in February 1939, Walt Disney won an Academy Honorary Award - a full-size Oscar statuette and seven miniature ones - for Snow White.

In 1948, by the time she was 59 years old, on January 30th, Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated in New Delhi by a member of a Hindu nationalist party who thought that Gandhi was too accommodating to Muslims. The man, Nathuram Godse, shot Gandhi 3 times. He died immediately. The shooter was tried, convicted, and hung in November 1949.

In 1979, in the year of Alice Downey's passing, on November 4th, Iranian militant students seized the US embassy in Teheran and held 52 American citizens and diplomats hostage for 444 days. They were released at the end of the inauguration speech of the newly elected Ronald Reagan.

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