Esther Mertens (1878 - 1963)

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Esther Mertens
1878 - 1963
Echuca, Australia
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Echuca, Australia
Esther Mertens was born in 1878. She is the child of Grasby William Mertens and Catherine Lillias Mertens. She died in 1963 in Echuca, Australia at age 85.
Updated: September 3, 2013
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Esther Mertens died in 1963 in Echuca, Australia at 85 years old. She was born in 1878. She is the child of Grasby William Mertens and Catherine Lillias Mertens.

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In 1878, in the year that Esther Mertens was born, in Africa, the death of the last confirmed Cape lion occurred. The Cape lion was slightly larger than other lions and had black ears, a black mane, and black hair on its belly.

In 1905, at the age of 27 years old, Esther was alive when acclaimed dancer Isadora Duncan established the first school of modern dance in Berlin Germany. Isadora Duncan, born in San Francisco California, dedicated herself to the creation of beauty - through dance. Her focus on the movement of the human body rather than formal kinds of dance helped to give rise to the modern dance movement.

In 1947, she was 69 years old when on April 15th, Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, playing first base. He was the first black man to play in the Major Leagues. Since the 1880's, professional baseball had been segregated and blacks played in the "Negro leagues". He went on to play for 10 years.

In 1959, she was 81 years old when on August 8th, Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States. The US flag was changed to show 50 stars.

In 1963, in the year of Esther Mertens's passing, 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.

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