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Elsie Jane Higgins (1891 - 1961)

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Elsie Jane Higgins
1891 - 1961
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1891
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1961
Geelong, Australia
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Geelong, Australia
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Elsie Jane Higgins was born in 1891. She is the child of Kennedy Robert Higgins and Emily Jane Coles Higgins. She died in 1961 in Geelong, Australia at 70 years of age.
Updated: September 3, 2013
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Elsie Jane Higgins passed away in 1961 in Geelong, Australia at 70 years old. She was born in 1891. She is the child of Kennedy Robert Higgins and Emily Jane Coles Higgins.
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In 1891, in the year that Elsie Jane Higgins was born, on June 25th, in the July issue of The Strand Magazine in London, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes appeared in a series of short stories for the first time. Doyle eventually wrote 4 novels and 56 short stories with Holmes as the main character.

In 1906, at the age of only 15 years old, Elsie was alive when President Theodore Roosevelt received the Nobel Prize for Peace. The award was considered controversial at the time because many thought that he was an imperialist. But he had brokered peace between Russia and Japan a year previous and had allowed a dispute between Mexico and the U.S. to go to arbitration, resolving the issue peacefully rather than resorting to military conflict. For these two reasons, the Nobel Prize committee chose him for the Peace Prize.

In 1929, Elsie was 38 years old when on October 29th (Black Tuesday), the stock market crashed in the United States. Billions of dollars were lost and some investors committed suicide as a result, having lost their fortunes. This ushered in the 12 year, worldwide Great Depression.

In 1948, she was 57 years old when on January 30th, Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated in New Delhi by a member of a Hindu nationalist party who thought that Gandhi was too accommodating to Muslims. The man, Nathuram Godse, shot Gandhi 3 times. He died immediately. The shooter was tried, convicted, and hung in November 1949.

In 1961, in the year of Elsie Jane Higgins's passing, on May 5th, Navy Cmdr. Alan B. Shepard, Jr., made the first manned Project Mercury flight, MR-3, in a spacecraft he named Freedom 7. He was the second man to go into space, the first was Yuri Gagarin - a Soviet cosmonaut.

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