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Calista Bell (1915 - 1980)

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Calista Bell
1915 - 1980
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December 14, 1915
Death
February 1980
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Cottonwood, Yavapai County, Arizona 86326
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Calista Bell was born on December 14, 1915. She died in February 1980 at 64 years old. We know that Calista Bell had been residing in Cottonwood, Yavapai County, Arizona 86326.
Updated: November 12, 2011
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Calista Bell died in February 1980 at 64 years of age. She was born on December 14, 1915. We are unaware of information about Calista's immediate family. We know that Calista Bell had been residing in Cottonwood, Yavapai County, Arizona 86326.
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In 1915, in the year that Calista Bell was born, the Germans first used poison gas as a weapon at the second Battle of Ypres during World War I. While noxious gases had been used since ancient times, this was the first use of poisonous gas - in this case, lethal chlorine gas - in modern war. Subsequently, the French and British - as well as the United States when they entered World War 1 - developed and used lethal gas in war.

In 1935, Calista was 20 years old when on August 14, the Social Security Act was signed into law. The purpose was to "provide federal assistance to those unable to work". The law established the Social Security Administration whose primary focus was to "provide aid for the elderly, the unemployed, and children". The Act survived many Supreme Court challenges and the Administration continues until today.

In 1949, by the time she was 34 years old, on January 25th, the first Emmy Awards (for television) were handed out in Los Angeles. Shirley Dinsdale won for the Most Outstanding Television Personality and Pantomime Quiz Time earned an Emmy for the Most Popular Television Program.

In 1967, Calista was 52 years old when on October 2nd, Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first black US Supreme Court justice. Marshall was the great-grandson of a slave and graduated first in his class at Howard University Law School. His nomination to the Supreme Court was approved by the Senate, 69 to 11.

In 1980, in the year of Calista Bell's passing, on April 24th, a rescue attempt was begun in the Iranian Hostage Crisis. The attempt failed and 8 US servicemen were killed. Eight helicopters had been sent for the mission, but only 5 arrived in operating condition., Since the military had advised that the mission be aborted if there were fewer than 6 helicopters, President Carter stopped it. Upon leaving, a helicopter collided with a transport plane and the men were killed.

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