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Bessie Mcclure (1888 - 1964)

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Bessie Mcclure
1888 - 1964
Born
March 1, 1888
Death
October 1964
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Bessie Mcclure was born on March 1, 1888. She died in October 1964 at 76 years of age. We know that Bessie Mcclure had been residing in Pennsylvania .
Updated: October 6, 2011
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Bessie Mcclure died in October 1964 at 76 years of age. She was born on March 1, 1888. We are unaware of information about Bessie's immediate family. We know that Bessie Mcclure had been residing in Pennsylvania .
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1888 - 1964 World Events

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In 1888, in the year that Bessie Mcclure 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 1894, Bessie was merely 6 years old when large reserves of oil were discovered on the Osage Indian reservation in Oklahoma. Previously thought to be "useless" land - not even good for farming - the tribe had bought the land themselves. The discovery of oil made the Osage the "richest group of people in the world" at the time.

In 1933, she was 45 years old when Frances Perkins became the first woman to hold a cabinet-level position, appointed by President Roosevelt to serve as Secretary of Labor. She told him that her priorities would be a 40-hour work week, a minimum wage, unemployment compensation, worker’s compensation, abolition of child labor, direct federal aid to the states for unemployment relief, Social Security, a revitalized federal employment service, and universal health insurance. President Roosevelt approved of all of them and most them were implemented during his terms as President. She served until his death in 1945.

In 1953, by the time she was 65 years old, on July 27th, the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed. The Armistice was to last until "a final peaceful settlement is achieved". No peaceful settlement has ever been agreed upon.

In 1964, in the year of Bessie Mcclure's passing, on June 11th, activist Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment in South Africa for conspiring to overthrow the state (because of his numerous anti-apartheid activities). He served 27 years in prison.

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