Helen Michell (1865 - 1959)

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Helen Michell
1865 - 1959
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1865
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1959
Ballarat, Australia
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Ballarat, Australia
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Helen Michell was born in 1865. She was born to Bolger Michell and Mary Michell. She died in 1959 in Ballarat, Australia at 94 years old.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Helen Michell passed away in 1959 in Ballarat, Australia at age 94. She was born in 1865. She was born to Bolger Michell and Mary Michell.

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In 1865, in the year that Helen Michell was born, on July 5th, the U.S. Secret Service was created. The first duty of the Secret Service was investigating counterfeit money. Duties soon expanded to murder, bank robbery, and illegal gambling - and, after the assassination of President McKinley in 1901, presidential protection.

In 1904, when she was 39 years old, 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 1910, by the time she was 45 years old, the Boy Scouts of America was incorporated. U.S. publisher W.D. Boyce was visiting England when he became lost in the London fog. An unknown Boy Scout helped him find his way out, declining a tip (he said that he was a Boy Scout and was doing his good deed for the day). Boyce was so impressed that he incorporated the Boy Scouts of America when he returned home. Its purpose was "to teach boys patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred values."

In 1948, she was 83 years old when on January 30th, Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated in New Delhi by a member of a Hindu nationalist party who thought that Gandhi was too accommodating to Muslims. The man, Nathuram Godse, shot Gandhi 3 times. He died immediately. The shooter was tried, convicted, and hung in November 1949.

In 1959, in the year of Helen Michell's passing, on August 8th, Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States. The US flag was changed to show 50 stars.

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