Ethel Waters (1896 - 1977)

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Ethel Waters
1896 - 1977
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January 17, 1896
Death
May 1977
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Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee 37915
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Ethel Waters was born on January 17, 1896. She died in May 1977 at 81 years old. We know that Ethel Waters had been residing in Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee 37915.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Ethel Waters passed away in May 1977 at age 81. She was born on January 17, 1896. We have no information about Ethel's family or relationships. We know that Ethel Waters had been residing in Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee 37915.

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In 1896, in the year that Ethel Waters was born, on January 28th, the first ticket for speeding - called "furious driving" - was issued. Walter Arnold of Kent England was fined 1 shilling plus costs - for going 8 mph. The speed limit was 2 mph.

In 1905, when she was merely 9 years old, the Niagara Falls conference was held in Fort Erie, Ontario. Led by W.E.B. Du Bois and William Monroe Trotter, a group of African-American men met in opposition to racial segregation and disenfranchisement. Booker T. Washington had been calling for policies of accommodation and conciliation and these two men, along with the others who attended the conference, felt that this was accomplishing nothing. The group was the precursor to the NAACP.

In 1927, she was 31 years old when 10 years after the United States bought the U.S. Virgin Islands from the Danish government, the inhabitants were granted U.S. citizenship. While they can vote in congressional elections and presidential primaries, they cannot vote for President.

In 1957, she was 61 years old when on September 24th, the "Little Rock Nine" (nine African-American students) entered Little Rock High School. Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus had previously prevented the students from entering the school at the beginning of the term with the Arkansas National Guard - they blocked the door. President Eisenhower ordered federal troops - the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army - to guard the students and allow them entry.

In 1977, in the year of Ethel Waters's passing, on May 25th, Star Wars premiered in theaters. Eventually, it became the highest-grossing film of all time - until E.T. surpassed it a few years later. It was an immediate hit with theatergoers.

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