Elaine M Wills (1924 - 2002)

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Elaine M Wills
1924 - 2002
January 3, 1924
May 6, 2002
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Hanover Park, Cook County, Illinois 60133
Elaine M Wills was born on January 3, 1924. She died on May 6, 2002 at 78 years old. We know that Elaine M Wills had been residing in Hanover Park, Cook County, Illinois 60133.
Updated: November 2, 2011
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Elaine M Wills died on May 6, 2002 at 78 years old. She was born on January 3, 1924. We are unaware of information about Elaine's immediate family. We know that Elaine M Wills had been residing in Hanover Park, Cook County, Illinois 60133.

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In 1924, in the year that Elaine M Wills was born, Macy's department store in New York held its first "Thanksgiving parade" on November 27th at 9a - during church services but leaving plenty of time to attend the big football game between Syracuse and Columbia universities. The parade was held as a way to promote the opening of the “World’s Largest Store” and its 1 million square feet of retail space in Manhattan’s Herald Square. The parade was 6 miles long and included floats, Macy's employees dressed as clowns, cowboys, and sword-wielding knights, and animals from Central Park Zoo. Santa Claus, of course, brought up the rear - opening the Christmas shopping season for Macy's.

In 1935, she was just 11 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 1957, at the age of 33 years old, Elaine was alive when on October 4th, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the first man made earth-orbiting satellite - and triggered the Space Race. Sputnik I was only 23 inches in diameter and had no tracking equipment, only 4 antennas, but it had a big impact.

In 1965, she was 41 years old when on March 8th, the first US combat troops arrived in Vietnam. The 3500 Marines joined 23,000 "advisors" already in South Vietnam. By the end of the year, 190,000 American soldiers were in the country.

In 1975, at the age of 51 years old, Elaine was alive when 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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