Florence Evelyn Toms (1886 - 1959)

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Florence Evelyn Toms
1886 - 1959
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1886
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1959
Tawo, Australia
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Tawo, Australia
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Florence Evelyn Toms was born in 1886. She was born to Hair Maxwell Toms and Evelyn Anna Crown Toms. She died in 1959 in Tawo, Australia at age 73.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Florence Evelyn Toms passed away in 1959 in Tawo, Australia at 73 years old. She was born in 1886. She was born to Hair Maxwell Toms and Evelyn Anna Crown Toms.

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In 1886, in the year that Florence Evelyn Toms was born, on May 4th, a general strike began in Chicago. Workers were striking for an 8 hour workday and in protest of the killing - by police - of several workers the day before. When an unknown person threw a dynamite bomb, the strike became violent. Seven policemen were killed as well as 4 civilians. It became known as the Haymarket Riot and eventually resulted in an 8 hourwork day as well as commemorations on May 1st for worker's rights.

In 1890, by the time she was merely 4 years old, on July 3rd, Idaho became the 43rd state in the United States. On July 10th, Wyoming became the 44th state.

In 1906, at the age of 20 years old, Florence was alive when President Theodore Roosevelt received the Nobel Prize for Peace. The award was considered controversial at the time because many thought that he was an imperialist. But he had brokered peace between Russia and Japan a year previous and had allowed a dispute between Mexico and the U.S. to go to arbitration, resolving the issue peacefully rather than resorting to military conflict. For these two reasons, the Nobel Prize committee chose him for the Peace Prize.

In 1916, when she was 30 years old, in June, the U.S. Congress authorized a plan to expand the armed forces over the next five years. Called the National Defense Act of 1916, the national law expanded the National Guard and Army (the Army added an aviation unit), created the Reserves, and gave the President expanded authority to federalize the National Guard. It also allowed the government to stockpile, in advance, materiel to be used in wartime.

In 1959, in the year of Florence Evelyn Toms's passing, on January 3rd, Alaska became the 49th state of the United States and the first state not a part of the contiguous United States. The flag was changed to display 49 stars.

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