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Helen Wesley (1913 - 1986)

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Helen Wesley
1913 - 1986
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January 6, 1913
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May 1986
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Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan 48207
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Helen Wesley was born on January 6, 1913. She died in May 1986 at 73 years of age. We know that Helen Wesley had been residing in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan 48207.
Updated: November 11, 2011
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Helen Wesley died in May 1986 at 73 years old. She was born on January 6, 1913. We have no information about Helen's immediate family. We know that Helen Wesley had been residing in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan 48207.
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In 1913, in the year that Helen Wesley was born, Henry Ford installed the first moving assembly line for the mass production of an entire automobile. It had previously taken 12 hours to assemble a whole vehicle - now it took only two hours and 30 minutes! Inspired by the production lines at flour mills, breweries, canneries and industrial bakeries, along with the disassembly of animal carcasses in Chicago’s meat-packing plants, Ford created moving belts for parts and the assembly line was born.

In 1931, by the time she was 18 years old, in March, “The Star Spangled Banner” officially became the national anthem by congressional resolution. Other songs had previously been used - among them, "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", "God Bless America", and "America the Beautiful". There was fierce debate about making "The Star Spangled Banner" the national anthem - Southerners and veterans organizations supported it, pacifists and educators opposed it.

In 1954, Helen was 41 years old when from April 22 through June 17th, the Army v. McCarthy hearings were held. The U.S. Army accused Roy Cohn (chief counsel to Senator McCarthy and later trusted mentor of Donald Trump) of blackmail. McCarthy and Cohn accused the U.S. Army of harboring communists. The Army allegations were found to be true. The U.S. Senate later censured McCarthy.

In 1964, she was 51 years old when on February 9th, the Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show. 73 million people watched - although the Beatles couldn't be heard because of the loud screaming of the female teenage audience.

In 1986, in the year of Helen Wesley's passing, on September 8th, the Oprah Winfrey Show went into national syndication. A popular talk show, it was number 1 in the ratings since its debut. The last show aired on May 25, 2011.

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