Henretta Shaw (1882 - 1972)



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Tunica, Tunica County, Mississippi

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1882 - In the year that Henretta Shaw was born, on September 4th, the switch to the first commercial electrical power plant in the U.S. - at 255-257 Pearl Street - was flipped by Thomas Edison. It lit one square mile of lower Manhattan and was powered by coal. The "electrical age" had begun.

1914 - This person was 32 years old when in only his second big-screen appearance, Charlie Chaplin played the Little Tramp, his most famous character. The silent film was made in January and released the following year. Of the character, Chaplin said: "On the way to the wardrobe I thought I would dress in baggy pants, big shoes, a cane and a derby hat. I wanted everything a contradiction: the pants baggy, the coat tight, the hat small and the shoes large." The moustache was added to age his 24-year-old face without masking his expressions.

1941 - When this person was 59 years old, on June 25th, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 8802, prohibiting racial discrimination in the defense industry. EO 8802 was the first federal action to prohibit employment discrimination - without prejudice as to "race, creed, color, or national origin" - in the U.S. Civil Rights groups had planned a march on Washington D.C. to protest for equal rights but with the signing of the Order, they canceled the March.

1945 - At the age of 63 years old, Henretta was alive when on May 8th, World War II in Europe ended when Germany surrendered. Hitler had committed suicide a week before.

1972 - In the year of Henretta Shaw's passing, on November 7th, Richard Nixon won re-election, amidst the dawning knowledge of the Watergate scandal, by 60.7% to anti-war candidate George McGovern's 37.5%.

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Henretta Shaw passed away on July 15, 1972 at age 90. No cause of death has been listed. Henretta was born on February 2, 1882. We are unaware of information about Henretta's family. We know that Henretta Shaw had been residing in Tunica, Tunica County, Mississippi.


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