George Laidlaw (1879 - 1966)

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George Laidlaw
1879 - 1966
February 9, 1879
September 1966
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Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16511
George Laidlaw was born on February 9, 1879. He died in September 1966 at age 87. We know that George Laidlaw had been residing in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16511.
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George Laidlaw died in September 1966 at 87 years old. He was born on February 9, 1879. There is no information about George's family. We know that George Laidlaw had been residing in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16511.

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In 1879, in the year that George Laidlaw was born, on October 22nd, Thomas Edison tested the first practical electric light bulb. Lasting 13½ hours before burning out, it used a "a carbon filament or strip coiled and connected to platina contact wires". He applied for a patent on November 4th, receiving the patent in January 1880.

In 1888, when he was merely 9 years old, 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 1944, he was 65 years old when on December 16th, The Battle of the Bulge began in the Ardennes forest on the Western Front. Lasting for a little over a month, the battle began with a surprise attack by Germany on the Allied forces The U.S. suffered their highest casualties of any operation in World War II - 89,000 were casualties, around 8,600 killed - but Germany also severely depleted their resources and they couldn't be replaced.

In 1959, George was 80 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 1966, in the year of George Laidlaw's passing, on July 1st, Medicare became available after President Johnson signed into law the Medicare Act in 1965. President Truman had received the first Medicare card since he had been the first to propose national healthcare law. insurance.

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