Ella (Sparks) Gilliam (1899 - 1978)

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Ella (Sparks) Gilliam
1899 - 1978
October 12, 1899
September 1978
Last Known Residence
Isonville, Elliott County, Kentucky 41149
Ella (Sparks) Gilliam was born on October 12, 1899. Her maiden name is Sparks and she married into the Gilliam family. She died in September 1978 at age 78. We know that Ella (Sparks) Gilliam had been residing in Isonville, Elliott County, Kentucky 41149.
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Ella (Sparks) Gilliam died in September 1978 at 78 years of age. She was born on October 12, 1899. We are unaware of information about Ella's surviving family. We know that Ella (Sparks) Gilliam had been residing in Isonville, Elliott County, Kentucky 41149.

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In 1899, in the year that Ella (Sparks) Gilliam was born, on February 4th, the Philippine–American War began. The Philippines objected to the Treaty of Paris, signed in 1898, that transferred possession of the Philippines from Spain to the U.S. Filipinos began a fight for independence and fighting between U.S. forces and those of the Philippine Republic broke out. On June 2nd, the Philippines officially declared war on the United States.

In 1924, when she was 25 years old, 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 1941, when she was 42 years old, on June 25th, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 8802, prohibiting racial discrimination in the defense industry. EO 8802 was the first federal action to prohibit employment discrimination - without prejudice as to "race, creed, color, or national origin" - in the U.S. Civil Rights groups had planned a march on Washington D.C. to protest for equal rights but with the signing of the Order, they canceled the March.

In 1963, she was 64 years old when the British Secretary of War, 46 year old John Profumo ,was forced to resign when he lied about an affair with 19 year old Christine Keeler. Keeler was also involved with the Soviet naval attaché and charges of espionage were feared. No proof of spying was ever found.

In 1978, in the year of Ella (Sparks) Gilliam's passing, on November 18th, Jim Jones's Peoples Temple followers committed mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana - where they had moved, from San Francisco, as a group. Jones was the leader of the cult and ordered his followers to drink cyanide-laced punch, which they did. Whole families (women and children included) died - more than 900 people in all.

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