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Helen M Bell (1896 - 2000)

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Helen M Bell
1896 - 2000
Born
March 3, 1896
Death
August 7, 2000
Last Known Residence
Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona 85006
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Helen M Bell of Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona was born on March 3, 1896, and died at age 104 years old on August 7, 2000.
Updated: January 23, 2013
Biography ID: 469227

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Helen Bell passed away at age 104 years old on August 7, 2000. Helen M Bell of Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona was born on March 3, 1896.

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Helen M Bell lived 34 years longer than the average Bell family member when she died at the age of 104.
The average age of a Bell family member is 70.
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Rowena and Helen Bell
Helen Marie Davis Bell, right, with her sister in law, Rowena ( ) Bell, who was married to Helen's Husband, Eugene Harris Bell's brother, Leet O. Bell
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1896 - 2000 World Events

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In 1896, in the year that Helen M Bell was born, in April, the first study on global warming due to CO2 - carbon dioxide - in the atmosphere was published by Swedish scientist Svante Arrhenius. Arrhenius concluded that human activity due to the Industrial Revolution would amplify CO2 in the atmosphere, causing a greenhouse effect. His conclusions have been extensively tested in the ensuing 100+ years and are still seen to hold true.

In 1904, Helen was merely 8 years old when the World's Fair, officially known as the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, was held in St. Louis, Missouri. Attended by nearly 19.7 million people (and later the subject of a Judy Garland film), the Fair was funded by federal, state and local sources to the tune of $15 million. As the name suggests, the Fair was suggested as a way to celebrate the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. In the past, World's Fairs were a way of bringing new technology to the attention of the masses and this fair was no exception - the use of electricity (the public feared it at the time), personal cars, airplanes, and the electric streetcar were all highlighted.

In 1930, Helen was 34 years old when on August 6th, N.Y. Supreme Court Judge Joseph Crater went through papers in his office, destroyed some of them, withdrew all his money from the bank - $5,150, sold his stock, met friends at a restaurant for dinner and disappeared after getting into a taxi (or walking down the street - his friends' testimony later changed). His disappearance was reported to the police on September 3rd - almost a month later. His wife didn't know what happened, his fellow Justices had no idea, and his mistresses (he had several) said that they didn't know. While his disappearance was front page news, his fate was never discovered and after 40 years the case was closed, still without knowing if Crater was dead or alive.

In 1944, at the age of 48 years old, Helen was alive when on June 6th, the largest amphibious invasion in history was launched - the Normandy landing (called D-Day). Soldiers from the United States, Britain, Canada, and the Free French landed on Normandy Beach and were later joined by Poland, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Greece, and the Netherlands. Almost 5,000 landing and assault craft, 289 escort vessels, and 277 minesweepers were involved. Nearly 160,000 troops crossed the English Channel on D-Day - Allied casualties on the first day were at least 10,000. 4,414 were confirmed dead.

In 1977, Helen was 81 years old when on January 21st, President Carter pardoned "draft dodgers" - men who avoided the draft during the Vietnam War. He fulfilled a campaign promise with the pardon. But it only applied to civilian evaders - the estimated 500,000 to 1 million active-duty personnel who went AWOL were not included.

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