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Charles Arthur Mclean (1888 - 1959)

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Charles Arthur Mclean
1888 - 1959
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1888
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1959
Sout, Australia
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Sout, Australia
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Charles Arthur Mclean was born in 1888. He is the child of Herbert Arthur Mclean and Agnes Reddie Mclean. He died in 1959 in Sout, Australia at age 71.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Charles Arthur Mclean died in 1959 in Sout, Australia at age 71. He was born in 1888. He is the child of Herbert Arthur Mclean and Agnes Reddie Mclean.
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In 1888, in the year that Charles Arthur Mclean 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 1907, Charles was 19 years old when the Monongah coal mining disaster occurred on December 6th, happening at the Fairmont Coal Company’s No. 6 and No. 8 mines.. Over 361 miners were killed. Because there was no breathing apparatus at the time to help rescuers, recovery efforts were greatly hampered. It is considered the worst mining disaster in American history and led to government oversight in mining practices.

In 1925, at the age of 37 years old, Charles was alive when in July, the Scopes Trial - often called the Scopes Monkey Trial - took place, prosecuting a substitute teacher for teaching evolution in school. Tennessee had enacted a law that said it was "unlawful to teach human evolution in any state-funded school". William Jennings Bryan headed the prosecution and Clarence Darrow headed the defense. The teacher was found guilty and fined $100. An appeal to the Supreme Court of Tennessee upheld the law but overturned the guilty verdict.

In 1931, at the age of 43 years old, Charles was alive when on May 1st, the Empire State Building opened in New York City. At 1,454 feet (including the roof and antenna), it was the tallest building in the world until the World Trade Center's North Tower was built in 1970. (It is now the 34th tallest.) Opening at the beginning of the Great Depression, most of the offices in the Empire State Building remained unoccupied for years and the observation deck was an equal source of revenue and kept the building profitable.

In 1959, in the year of Charles Arthur Mclean's passing, on August 8th, Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States. The US flag was changed to show 50 stars.

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