Gladys May Coughlan (1888 - 1964)

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Gladys May Coughlan
1888 - 1964
Bent, Australia
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Bent, Australia
Gladys May Coughlan was born in 1888. She is the child of Howells Samuel Coughlan and Elizabeth Walters Coughlan. She died in 1964 in Bent, Australia at 76 years of age.
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Gladys May Coughlan died in 1964 in Bent, Australia at age 76. She was born in 1888. She is the child of Howells Samuel Coughlan and Elizabeth Walters Coughlan.

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In 1888, in the year that Gladys May Coughlan was born, Irishman John Robert Gregg published a pamphlet in the U.S., teaching his first version of shorthand - Gregg shorthand. When he improved on the first version and published it 5 years later, Gregg shorthand became popular.

In 1909, by the time she was 21 years old, Polish physician and medical researcher Paul Ehrlich found a cure for syphilis, which was a prevalent (but undiscussed) disease. He found that an arsenic compound completely cured syphilis within 3 weeks.

In 1919, she was 31 years old when in Norfolk Virginia, the first rotary dial telephones were introduced by the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T), making it easier to make a call without an operator.

In 1935, by the time she was 47 years old, the BOI's name (the Bureau of Investigation) was changed to the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and it officially became a separate agency with the Department of Justice. J. Edgar Hoover, the Chief of the BOI, continued in his office and became the first Director of the FBI. The FBI's responsibility is to "detect and prosecute crimes against the United States".

In 1964, in the year of Gladys May Coughlan's passing, on June 11th, activist Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment in South Africa for conspiring to overthrow the state (because of his numerous anti-apartheid activities). He served 27 years in prison.

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