Florence Shirr (1901 - 1995)

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Florence Shirr
1901 - 1995
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November 9, 1901
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January 7, 1995
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Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16508
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Florence Shirr was born on November 9, 1901. She died on January 7, 1995 at 93 years old. We know that Florence Shirr had been residing in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16508.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Florence Shirr died on January 7, 1995 at 93 years of age. She was born on November 9, 1901. We are unaware of information about Florence's family. We know that Florence Shirr had been residing in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16508.

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In 1901, in the year that Florence Shirr was born, John Pierpont "J. P." Morgan created U.S. Steel. J.P. Morgan was an American banker and financier who dominated U.S. business at this time. He had previously overseen the creation of General Electric, as well as International Harvester and AT&T. He has been referred to as America's greatest banker. U.S. Steel was the first billion dollar company in the world, worth $1.4 billion in 1901.

In 1927, by the time she was 26 years old, 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 1952, Florence was 51 years old when on July 2, Dr. Jonas E. Salk tested the first dead-virus polio vaccine on 43 children. The worst epidemic of polio had broken out that year - in the U.S. there were 58,000 cases reported. Of these, 3,145 people had died and 21,269 were left with mild to disabling paralysis.

In 1978, by the time she was 77 years old, on November 18th, Jim Jones's Peoples Temple followers committed mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana - where they had moved, from San Francisco, as a group. Jones was the leader of the cult and ordered his followers to drink cyanide-laced punch, which they did. Whole families (women and children included) died - more than 900 people in all.

In 1995, in the year of Florence Shirr's passing, on October 16th, the Million Man March took place on the National Mall in Washington DC. The March was organized to address "the ills of black communities and call for unity and revitalization of African American communities". An estimated 850,000 people attended.

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