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Elva Maie Best (1925 - 1961)

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Elva Maie Best
1925 - 1961
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1925
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1961
Ballarat, Australia
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Ballarat, Australia
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Elva Maie Best was born in 1925. She is the child of Grigsby Thomas Best and Annie Kezia Taylor Best. She died in 1961 in Ballarat, Australia at 36 years old.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Elva Maie Best passed away in 1961 in Ballarat, Australia at 36 years old. She was born in 1925. She is the child of Grigsby Thomas Best and Annie Kezia Taylor Best.
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In 1925, in the year that Elva Maie Best was born, gangster Al "Scarface" Capone took over the Chicago bootlegging racket at age 26. Previously right hand man to boss Johnny Torrio, Capone took over when Torrio was shot and severely injured and decided to resign. The bootlegging and brothel organization was massive and when asked what he did, Capone often replied "I am just a businessman, giving the people what they want".

In 1939, at the age of only 14 years old, Elva was alive when on the 1st of September, Nazi Germany invaded Poland. On September 17th, the Soviet Union invaded Poland as well. Poland expected help from France and the United Kingdom, since they had a pact with both. But no help came. By October 6th, the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany held full control of the previously Polish lands. Eventually, the invasion of Poland lead to World War II.

In 1944, Elva was 19 years old when on June 22nd, the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, called the G.I. Bill, was signed into law, pushed through by the veteran's organizations. Benefits provided for veterans to return to school (high school, vocational school, or college), obtain low interest home mortgages and low interest business loans, and (if needed) one year of unemployment insurance. Since most returning vets immediately found work, less than 20% of the unemployment benefits were distributed.

In 1955, when she was 30 years old, in January, President Eisenhower sent direct aid to South Vietnam. In February, U.S. advisors were sent to train troops.

In 1961, in the year of Elva Maie Best'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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