Hilda May Harris (1888 - 1961)

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Hilda May Harris
1888 - 1961
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1888
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1961
Geelong, Australia
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Geelong, Australia
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Hilda May Harris was born in 1888. She is the child of Brearley Charlotte Harris and Hannah Mary Chaster Harris. She died in 1961 in Geelong, Australia at age 73.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Hilda May Harris died in 1961 in Geelong, Australia at 73 years of age. She was born in 1888. She is the child of Brearley Charlotte Harris and Hannah Mary Chaster Harris.

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In 1888, in the year that Hilda May Harris was born, 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 1893, at the age of merely 5 years old, Hilda was alive when a songbook, called Song Stories for the Kindergarten, was published by sisters Patty and Mildred Hill. One of the songs included in the book was "Good Morning to All" - later the lyrics were changed and it became "Happy Birthday to You".

In 1908, when she was 20 years old, the Federal Bureau of Investigation was established as the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States; it simultaneously served as the nation's prime federal law enforcement agency. Stanley Finch was the first Chief (now called Director).

In 1938, at the age of 50 years old, Hilda was alive when on June 25th (a Saturday) the Fair Labor Standards Act was signed into law by President Roosevelt (along with 120 other bills). The Act banned oppressive child labor, set the minimum hourly wage at 25 cents, and established the maximum workweek at 44 hours. It faced a lot of opposition and in fighting for it, Roosevelt said "Do not let any calamity-howling executive with an income of $1,000 a day, ...tell you...that a wage of $11 a week is going to have a disastrous effect on all American industry."

In 1961, in the year of Hilda May Harris's passing, on May 5th, Navy Cmdr. Alan B. Shepard, Jr., made the first manned Project Mercury flight, MR-3, in a spacecraft he named Freedom 7. He was the second man to go into space, the first was Yuri Gagarin - a Soviet cosmonaut.

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