Edward Marius Eriksen (1869 - 1950)

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Edward Marius Eriksen
1869 - 1950
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1869
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1950
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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Edward Marius Eriksen was born in 1869. He is the child of Erik Eriksen and Marie Eriksen. He died in 1950 in Melbourne, Australia at age 81.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Edward Marius Eriksen died in 1950 in Melbourne, Australia at 81 years of age. He was born in 1869. He is the child of Erik Eriksen and Marie Eriksen.

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In 1869, in the year that Edward Marius Eriksen was born, on February 5th, prospectors in Victoria, Australia, discovered the biggest loose gold nugget ever found. Known as the "Welcome Stranger", it was discovered only 1.2 inches below ground and weighed a whopping 214.1 lbs. It would be worth over $4 million today.

In 1878, by the time he was just 9 years old, in Africa, the death of the last confirmed Cape lion occurred. The Cape lion was slightly larger than other lions and had black ears, a black mane, and black hair on its belly.

In 1907, he was 38 years old when radiometric dating, a recently discovered technology that could date rocks, found that the earth was 2.2 billion years old which was dramatically older than previously thought. Later refinements and advancements in science would date the age of the earth at over 4.5 billion years.

In 1927, when he was 58 years old, aviator and media darling Charles Lindbergh, age 25, made the first successful solo TransAtlantic flight. "Lucky Lindy" took off from Long Island in New York and flew to Paris, covering  3,600 statute miles and flying for 33 1⁄2-hours. His plane "The Spirit of St. Louis" was a fabric-covered, single-seat, single-engine "Ryan NYP" high-wing monoplane designed by both Lindbergh and the manufacturer's chief engineer.

In 1950, in the year of Edward Marius Eriksen's passing, in February, Joe McCarthy gave a speech alleging that he had a list of "members of the Communist Party and members of a spy ring" who worked in the State Department. He went on to chair a committee that investigated not only the State Department but also the administration of President Harry S. Truman, the Voice of America, and the U.S. Army for communist spies - until he was condemned by the U.S. Senate in 1954.

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