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George J Howe (1867 - 1891)

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George J Howe
1867 - 1891
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c. 1867
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February 8, 1891
Kings County, New York United States
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George J Howe was born c. 1867. He died on February 8, 1891 in New York United States at 24 years old.
Updated: August 14, 2013
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George J Howe died on February 8, 1891 in New York United States at age 24. He was born c. 1867. There is no information about George's family.
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In 1867, in the year that George J Howe was born, on March 1st, Nebraska became the 37th state in the United States. Due to the Homestead Act, settlers had flooded into the area and the first wave of settlers was so large that Nebraska was immediately able to apply for statehood.

In 1876, George was only 9 years old when on August 1st, Colorado became the 38th U.S. state. Its nickname is the "Centennial State" because it was admitted just 28 days after the United States' centennial.

In 1878, he was just 11 years old when on September 12th, Cleopatra's Needle, built in Egypt in 1450 B.C. and transported to England, was erected in London. It had arrived in England on January 21st, having been towed by boat.

In 1888, at the age of 21 years old, George was alive when on July 25th, a court stenographer from Salt Lake City - Frank Edward McGurrin - decisively beat the competition in a typing contest in Ohio. He was supposedly the only person who used touch typing and is believed to have invented the method. Touch typing is ubiquitous now - but Frank's win is what convinced everyone that the method was good!

In 1891, in the year of George J Howe's passing, on June 25th, in the July issue of The Strand Magazine in London, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes appeared in a series of short stories for the first time. Doyle eventually wrote 4 novels and 56 short stories with Holmes as the main character.

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