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Elsie Tait (1882 - 1978)

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Elsie Tait
1882 - 1978
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March 7, 1882
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January 1978
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Willow Grove, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania 19090
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Elsie Tait was born on March 7, 1882. She died in January 1978 at age 95. We know that Elsie Tait had been residing in Willow Grove, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania 19090.
Updated: October 7, 2011
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Elsie Tait died in January 1978 at 95 years old. She was born on March 7, 1882. There is no information about Elsie's family. We know that Elsie Tait had been residing in Willow Grove, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania 19090.
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In 1882, in the year that Elsie Tait was born, on September 4th, the switch to the first commercial electrical power plant in the U.S. - at 255-257 Pearl Street - was flipped by Thomas Edison. It lit one square mile of lower Manhattan and was powered by coal. The "electrical age" had begun.

In 1891, she was only 9 years old when James Naismith, at the Springfield Massachusetts YMCA, invented the game of basketball. Originally using two peach baskets and a soccer ball, he created the game to keep his students active during the long, harsh New England winters.

In 1924, when she was 42 years old, J. Edgar Hoover, at the age of 29, was appointed the sixth director of the Bureau of Investigation by Calvin Coolidge (which later became the Federal Bureau of Investigation). The Bureau had approximately 650 employees, including 441 Special Agents. A former employee of the Justice Department, Hoover accepted his new position on the proviso that the bureau was to be completely divorced from politics and that the director report only to the attorney general.

In 1935, Elsie was 53 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 1978, in the year of Elsie Tait's passing, on July 25th, Louise Brown, the first "test-tube baby", was born at Oldham Hospital in London. Louise was conceived through IVF (in vitro fertilization), a controversial and experimental procedure at the time.

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