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Harry Evans (1886 - 1978)

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Harry Evans
1886 - 1978
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August 24, 1886
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November 1978
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Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa 52501
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Harry Evans was born on August 24, 1886. He died in November 1978 at age 92. We know that Harry Evans had been residing in Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa 52501.
Updated: November 8, 2011
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Harry Evans died in November 1978 at age 92. He was born on August 24, 1886. We have no information about Harry's family or relationships. We know that Harry Evans had been residing in Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa 52501.
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In 1886, in the year that Harry Evans was born, on October 28th, President Grover Cleveland officially dedicated the Statue of Liberty. A gift from France, the base for the statue had been built using donations from the American public. The unplanned but enthusiastic celebration after the dedication led to the first ticker tape parade.

In 1906, by the time he was 20 years old, Finland became the first European country to give women the vote and to allow them to run for political office. (Women in Australia and New Zealand already had that right but couldn't run for office.) Although Finland belonged to the Russian Empire, there was great unrest and the Tsar wanted to broker a quick peace. As a part of the brokered peace, women got the vote.

In 1915, when he was 29 years old, in April, the Ottoman Empire rounded up, arrested, and deported 235 to 270 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Turkey. As their actions continued through the next several years, an estimated 600,000 to 1 million Armenians were killed by Turkish soldiers.

In 1925, by the time he was 39 years old, in July, the Scopes Trial - often called the Scopes Monkey Trial - took place, prosecuting a substitute teacher for teaching evolution in school. Tennessee had enacted a law that said it was "unlawful to teach human evolution in any state-funded school". William Jennings Bryan headed the prosecution and Clarence Darrow headed the defense. The teacher was found guilty and fined $100. An appeal to the Supreme Court of Tennessee upheld the law but overturned the guilty verdict.

In 1978, in the year of Harry Evans's passing, 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.

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