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Helena Dwyer (1876 - 1950)

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Helena Dwyer
1876 - 1950
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1876
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1950
Bdale, Australia
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Bdale, Australia
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Helena Dwyer was born in 1876. She is the child of James Dwyer and Ann Ryan Dwyer. She died in 1950 in Bdale, Australia at age 74.
Updated: September 3, 2013
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Helena Dwyer passed away in 1950 in Bdale, Australia at age 74. She was born in 1876. She is the child of James Dwyer and Ann Ryan Dwyer.
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In 1876, in the year that Helena Dwyer was born, in the Spring, Sioux chief Sitting Bull's encampment in the region of the Little Bighorn River was expanded by "vast numbers" from other tribes. This meeting of Native Americans became the last great gathering of native peoples on the Great Plains.

In 1888, she was only 12 years old when on July 25th, a court stenographer from Salt Lake City - Frank Edward McGurrin - decisively beat the competition in a typing contest in Ohio. He was supposedly the only person who used touch typing and is believed to have invented the method. Touch typing is ubiquitous now - but Frank's win is what convinced everyone that the method was good!

In 1917, Helena was 41 years old when it is believed that a worldwide influenza pandemic began in Asia. By 1920, it is estimated that 50 - 100 million died throughout the world (3 - 5% of the population). In the U.S. alone, 500,000 perished from what came to be called the Spanish Flu or the 1918 flu.

In 1940, by the time she was 64 years old, on September 16th, the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940, was enacted - the first peacetime draft in U.S. history. Men between 21 and 36 were required to register with their draft boards. When World War II began, men between 18 and 45 were subject to service and men up to 65 were required to register.

In 1950, in the year of Helena Dwyer's passing, on October 2, Charlie Brown appeared in the first Peanuts comic strip - created by Charles Schultz - and he was the only character in that strip. That year, Schultz said that Charlie was 4 years old, but Charlie aged a bit through the years.

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