Helen Shank (1912 - 2001)

Helen Shank
1912 - 2001
updated February 06, 2019
Helen Shank was born on September 10, 1912. She died on March 1, 2001 at 88 years of age. We know that Helen Shank had been residing in Yuma, Yuma County, Arizona 85365.


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Helen Shank died on March 1, 2001 at 88 years of age. She was born on September 10, 1912. There is no information about Helen's family. We know that Helen Shank had been residing in Yuma, Yuma County, Arizona 85365.
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In 1912, in the year that Helen Shank was born, the RMS Titanic sank in April. The RMS Titanic was a British built and run passenger liner that was billed as "unsinkable." On its maiden voyage from Southampton England to New York City, carrying about 2,224 passengers and crew - from the wealthiest people in the world to poor emigrants from Europe, the Titanic hit an iceberg. Five of her watertight compartments failed but she was designed to survive only 4 being flooded. She began to sink. There were only enough lifeboats for about half of the passengers so over 1,000 remained behind while "women and children first" were loaded. Over 1500 died, making it the largest maritime disaster in modern history.

In 1935, when she was 23 years old, on August 14, the Social Security Act was signed into law. The purpose was to "provide federal assistance to those unable to work". The law established the Social Security Administration whose primary focus was to "provide aid for the elderly, the unemployed, and children". The Act survived many Supreme Court challenges and the Administration continues until today.

In 1949, by the time she was 37 years old, comedian Milton Berle hosted the first telethon show. It raised $1,100,000 for cancer research and lasted 16 hours. The next day, newspapers, in writing about the event, first used the word "telethon."

In 1975, when she was 63 years old, on September 5th, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme tried to assassinate President Ford in Sacramento, California. She failed when her gun wouldn't fire. President Ford escaped a second assassination attempt 17 days later on September 22 when Sarah Jane Moore tried to shoot him in San Francisco. A bystander saw her raise her arm, grabbed it, and the shot went wild.

In 1988, by the time she was 76 years old, on December 16th, 1988 the popular film Rain Man was released. Featuring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. this film brought attention to autistic savants and was based on the "megasavant" Laurence Kim Peek. The film would later go to win four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and Best Actor in a Leading Role.

Other Biographies

Other Helen Shanks

around 1924 - Unknown
Mar 18, 1926 - Mar 4, 2013
Dec 31, 1969 - Nov 20, 1973
Aug 22, 1908 - Jan 25, 1994
Nov 28, 1900 - August 1987
Nov 14, 1898 - September 1972
Jun 22, 1931 - Sep 18, 2009
Jul 24, 1915 - Oct 24, 1991
Jun 27, 1914 - October 1991
May 10, 1905 - Aug 24, 1999
Sep 3, 1928 - Mar 26, 2008
Jun 15, 1923 - October 1979
Dec 16, 1932 - Jun 17, 2005
Sep 20, 1910 - November 1993
Nov 22, 1908 - Apr 10, 2003
Oct 26, 1913 - December 1979
Aug 25, 1916 - Mar 30, 2000
Jan 27, 1912 - May 1977
Sep 21, 1924 - Oct 31, 2003
Mar 4, 1906 - Oct 28, 1994

Other Shanks

Jul 16, 1891 - July 1992
May 4, 1908 - July 1975
Jul 19, 1905 - April 1982
Jul 30, 1917 - Feb 14, 2002
Oct 6, 1911 - March 1975
Jul 1, 1921 - Jan 20, 1990
Aug 13, 1903 - January 1969
Feb 12, 1923 - Jun 28, 1998
Feb 28, 1924 - Jan 4, 1991
Aug 28, 1923 - May 22, 2005
Aug 15, 1922 - Sep 19, 1997
Feb 3, 1905 - Jan 22, 1998
Oct 13, 1883 - Aug 15, 1966
Nov 29, 1946 - Mar 18, 2007
Jan 14, 1883 - February 1971
Aug 3, 1886 - August 1971
Sep 9, 1959 - May 1979
Sep 9, 1900 - March 1985
Mar 13, 1913 - June 1968

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Sep 18, 1916 - Aug 16, 1989
Sep 3, 1918 - April 1976
Aug 20, 1919 - Jul 15, 2007
Jan 4, 1915 - March 1980
Jan 9, 1908 - April 1986
Jan 9, 1915 - Jan 3, 2007
Jul 31, 1906 - Jun 23, 2002
Jun 19, 1912 - Aug 20, 1998
Oct 20, 1918 - Nov 8, 2005
Apr 1, 1915 - Dec 12, 2007
Jan 20, 1920 - Nov 15, 1993
Feb 19, 1913 - March 1987
Jul 11, 1920 - March 1995
Jul 16, 1908 - June 1984
Feb 5, 1914 - Oct 9, 1990
Jan 26, 1918 - Apr 24, 2006
Aug 30, 1888 - October 1966
Mar 23, 1885 - August 1965
Oct 20, 1913 - Jul 6, 2005
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