Betsy Chipman (1898 - 1979)

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Betsy Chipman
1898 - 1979
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March 10, 1898
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October 1979
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Harwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts 02645
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Betsy Chipman was born on March 10, 1898. She died in October 1979 at age 81. We know that Betsy Chipman had been residing in Harwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts 02645.
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Betsy Chipman died in October 1979 at 81 years old. She was born on March 10, 1898. There is no information about Betsy's surviving family. We know that Betsy Chipman had been residing in Harwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts 02645.

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In 1898, in the year that Betsy Chipman was born, on February 15th, the USS Maine exploded and sank in Havana harbor. The reason for the explosion has never been found, but it killed 266 men. "Remember the Maine" became a rallying cry and precipitated the United States' declaration of war on Spain two months later - the beginning of the Spanish-American War. On December 10th, the war ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris. The Treaty gave the U.S. Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Guam - for $20 million - and, temporarily, Cuba.

In 1912, Betsy was merely 14 years old when New Mexico became the 47th state of the Union in January. Previously a province of Mexico, then a territory of the United States and mostly populated by Native Americans and Mexicans, once it became a U.S. territory it was increasingly colonized by European-American settlers. Its population was over 327,000 when it became a state.

In 1947, she was 49 years old when on November 25th, the Hollywood "Black List" was created by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). Ten Hollywood writers and directors had refused to testify to the Committee regarding "Communists" or "Reds" in the movie industry. The next day, the blacklist was created and they were fired.

In 1955, Betsy was 57 years old when on September 30th, movie star James Dean, 24, died in a car accident. He was headed in his new Porsche 550 to a race in Salinas California when, traveling at 85 mph, he collided with a 1950 Ford Tudor, also speeding, driven by a 23 year old college student. Dean died, his passenger and the other driver survived.

In 1979, in the year of Betsy Chipman'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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