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Cordelia Ann Jacks (1916 - 1975)

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Cordelia Ann Jacks
1916 - 1975
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1916
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1975
Elwo, Australia
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Elwo, Australia
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Cordelia Ann Jacks was born in 1916. She is the child of Wright Charles Jacks and Cordelia Ann Mills Jacks. She died in 1975 in Elwo, Australia at age 59.
Updated: September 4, 2013
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Cordelia Ann Jacks died in 1975 in Elwo, Australia at age 59. She was born in 1916. She is the child of Wright Charles Jacks and Cordelia Ann Mills Jacks.
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In 1916, in the year that Cordelia Ann Jacks was born, in June, the U.S. Congress authorized a plan to expand the armed forces over the next five years. Called the National Defense Act of 1916, the national law expanded the National Guard and Army (the Army added an aviation unit), created the Reserves, and gave the President expanded authority to federalize the National Guard. It also allowed the government to stockpile, in advance, materiel to be used in wartime.

In 1938, at the age of 22 years old, Cordelia was alive when on October 30th, a Sunday, The Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast Orson Welles' special Halloween show The War of the World's. A clever take on H.G. Wells' novel, the show began with simulated "breaking news" of an invasion by Martians. Because of the realistic nature of the "news," there was a public outcry the next day, calling for regulation by the FCC. Although the current story is that many were fooled and panicked, in reality very few people were fooled. But the show made Orson Welles' career.

In 1949, she was 33 years old when on April 4th, NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization) was established. Twelve nations originally signed the North Atlantic Treaty - the United States, Great Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Iceland, Canada, and Portugal. Greece, Turkey, and West Germany later joined. Today, there are 26 nations in NATO.

In 1956, by the time she was 40 years old, on May 20th, the U.S. tested the first hydrogen bomb dropped from a plane over Bikini Atoll. Previously, hydrogen bombs had only been tested on the ground. The Atomic Age moved forward.

In 1975, in the year of Cordelia Ann Jacks's passing, in January, Popular Mechanics featured the Altair 8800 on it's cover. The Altair home computer kit allowed consumers to build and program their own personal computers. Thousands were sold in the first month.

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