Emily Mary Drake (1873 - 1960)

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Emily Mary Drake
1873 - 1960
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1873
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1960
Elst, Australia
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Elst, Australia
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Emily Mary Drake was born in 1873. She was born to Plummer John Drake and Sarah Sayer Drake. She died in 1960 in Elst, Australia at 87 years old.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Emily Mary Drake passed away in 1960 in Elst, Australia at age 87. She was born in 1873. She was born to Plummer John Drake and Sarah Sayer Drake.

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In 1873, in the year that Emily Mary Drake was born, on March 3rd, the U.S. Congress enacted the Comstock Law. The law made it illegal to send any "obscene, lewd, or lascivious" material through the U.S. mail. This included erotica, contraceptives, sex toys, abortifacients, information about these items, and "personal letters alluding to any sexual content or information".

In 1880, when she was just 7 years old, on February 2nd the city of Wabash, Indiana became the third city in the world to be lit by electricity.

In 1912, by the time she was 39 years old, in October, former President Theodore Roosevelt was shot, but not killed, while campaigning for another term as President with the newly created Bull Moose (Progressive) Party. John Schrank was a Bavarian-born saloon-keeper from New York who had been stalking Roosevelt when he shot him just before a campaign speech. Shot in the chest (and showing the audience his bloody shirt), Roosevelt went on to give a 55 to 90 minute talk (reports vary on the length) before being treated for the injury. After 8 days in the hospital, Roosevelt went back on the campaign trail.

In 1927, Emily was 54 years old when aviator and media darling Charles Lindbergh, age 25, made the first successful solo TransAtlantic flight. "Lucky Lindy" took off from Long Island in New York and flew to Paris, covering  3,600 statute miles and flying for 33 1⁄2-hours. His plane "The Spirit of St. Louis" was a fabric-covered, single-seat, single-engine "Ryan NYP" high-wing monoplane designed by both Lindbergh and the manufacturer's chief engineer.

In 1960, in the year of Emily Mary Drake's passing, on May 1st, an American CIA U-2 spy plane, piloted by Francis Gary Powers, was shot down by a surface-to-air missile over the Soviet Union. Powers ejected and survived but was captured. The U.S. claimed that the U-2 was a "weather plane" but Powers was convicted in the Soviet Union of espionage. He was released in 1962 after 1 year, 9 months and 10 days in prison.

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