Alice Malvern Harrison

(1888 - 1952)

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Alice Malvern Harrison
1888 - 1952
Born
1888
Death
1952
Bton, Australia
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Bton, Australia
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Alice Malvern Harrison was born in 1888. She was born to Walsh Harry Harrison and Alice Rebecca Sharp Harrison. She died in 1952 in Bton, Australia at 64 years of age.
Updated: February 06, 2019
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Alice Malvern Harrison died in 1952 in Bton, Australia at age 64. She was born in 1888. She was born to Walsh Harry Harrison and Alice Rebecca Sharp Harrison.

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In 1888, in the year that Alice Malvern Harrison was born, on July 25th, a court stenographer from Salt Lake City - Frank Edward McGurrin - decisively beat the competition in a typing contest in Ohio. He was supposedly the only person who used touch typing and is believed to have invented the method. Touch typing is ubiquitous now - but Frank's win is what convinced everyone that the method was good!

In 1893, she was merely 5 years old when a songbook, called Song Stories for the Kindergarten, was published by sisters Patty and Mildred Hill. One of the songs included in the book was "Good Morning to All" - later the lyrics were changed and it became "Happy Birthday to You".

In 1918, she was 30 years old when on November 1, an elevated train on the Brooklyn line of the subway - driven by an inexperienced operator because of a strike - tried to navigate a turn at 30mph. The limit on the curve was 6 mph. The 2nd and 3rd cars of the 5 car wooden train were badly damaged and at least 93 people were killed, making it the deadliest crash in New York subway history.

In 1943, at the age of 55 years old, Alice was alive when on June 20th through June 22nd, the Detroit Race Riot erupted at Belle Isle Park. The rioting spread throughout the city (made worse by false rumors of attacks on blacks and whites) and resulted in the deployment of 6,000 Federal troops. 34 people were killed, (25 of them black) - mostly by white police or National Guardsmen, 433 were wounded (75 percent of them black) and an estimated $2 million of property was destroyed. The same summer, there were riots in Beaumont, Texas and Harlem, New York.

In 1952, in the year of Alice Malvern Harrison's passing, on July 2, Dr. Jonas E. Salk tested the first dead-virus polio vaccine on 43 children. The worst epidemic of polio had broken out that year - in the U.S. there were 58,000 cases reported. Of these, 3,145 people had died and 21,269 were left with mild to disabling paralysis.

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