Bessie Stevenson (1888 - 1987)

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1888 - In the year that Bessie Stevenson 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!

1923 - By the time she was 35 years old, on September 1, an earthquake - the Great Kanto earthquake - destroyed one-third of Tokyo. Measuring 7.9 and with a reported duration of between 4 and 10 minutes, casualties totaled about 142,800 deaths, including about 40,000 who went missing and were presumed dead.

1929 - Bessie was 41 years old when on October 29th (Black Tuesday), the stock market crashed in the United States. Billions of dollars were lost and some investors committed suicide as a result, having lost their fortunes. This ushered in the 12 year, worldwide Great Depression.

1951 - She was 63 years old when on February 27th, the 22nd Amendment to the US Constitution (which limited the number of terms a president may serve to two) was ratified by 36 states, making it a part of the U.S. Constitution. The Amendment was both a reaction to the 4 term Roosevelt presidency and also the recognition of a long-standing tradition in American politics.

1987 - In the year of Bessie Stevenson's passing, was the first time that a criminal in the United States - a serial rapist - was convicted through the use of DNA evidence.

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Bessie Stevenson passed away in January 1987 at age 98. There is no known cause of death. She was born on August 24, 1888. We are unaware of information about Bessie's family or relationships. We know that Bessie Stevenson had been residing in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan.

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