Helen Benson (1896 - 1983)

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Helen Benson
1896 - 1983
February 26, 1896
November 1983
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Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16508
Helen Benson was born on February 26, 1896. She died in November 1983 at age 87. We know that Helen Benson had been residing in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16508.
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Helen Benson passed away in November 1983 at age 87. She was born on February 26, 1896. We are unaware of information about Helen's immediate family. We know that Helen Benson had been residing in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16508.

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In 1896, in the year that Helen Benson was born, on May 18th, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in the case of Plessy v. Ferguson. By a vote of 7 to 1, the Court upheld state racial segregation laws, introducing the idea of "separate but equal" facilities for races.

In 1909, she was just 13 years old when William Howard Taft became the 27th President of the United States on March 4th. Previously Secretary of War, Judge on the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, Solicitor General of the U.S., and Governor of both the Philippines and Cuba, Taft was the only President who went on to become Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

In 1935, at the age of 39 years old, Helen was alive when 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 1947, when she was 51 years old, on November 25th, the Hollywood "Black List" was created by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). Ten Hollywood writers and directors had refused to testify to the Committee regarding "Communists" or "Reds" in the movie industry. The next day, the blacklist was created and they were fired.

In 1983, in the year of Helen Benson's passing, "crack" cocaine was developed in the Bahamas and spread to the United States. Previously, cocaine had been cut with other substances, diluting it. Crack was 80% pure and therefore was more addictive. It was also cheaper, making it more easily available to low income neighborhoods.

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