Hilde Gillen (1899 - 1984)

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Hilde Gillen
1899 - 1984
July 29, 1899
March 1984
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Maspeth, Queens County, New York 11378
Hilde Gillen was born on July 29, 1899. She died in March 1984 at age 84. We know that Hilde Gillen had been residing in Maspeth, Queens County, New York 11378.
Updated: October 6, 2011
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Hilde Gillen died in March 1984 at 84 years old. She was born on July 29, 1899. We are unaware of information about Hilde's immediate family. We know that Hilde Gillen had been residing in Maspeth, Queens County, New York 11378.

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In 1899, in the year that Hilde Gillen was born, the meaning of Chinese "oracle bones" was rediscovered. Farmers in China had been turning up the bones in their fields for generations but most often they were ground up and sold as medicine. The chancellor of the Imperial Academy and a friend noticed, before they ground the bones, that they had writing. The bones had been used around the second millennium BC for divination.

In 1903, Hilde was just 4 years old when the first World Series of American baseball was played between October 1st and 13th. The Boston Americans of the American League played the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League. Boston came back from a three game to one deficit, winning the final four games to capture the title - such a large comeback wouldn't be repeated by a team until 1925. (A total of eight games were played.)

In 1947, at the age of 48 years old, Hilde was alive when on April 15th, Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, playing first base. He was the first black man to play in the Major Leagues. Since the 1880's, professional baseball had been segregated and blacks played in the "Negro leagues". He went on to play for 10 years.

In 1974, Hilde was 75 years old when on February 5th, Patty Hearst, age 19 - granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst and daughter of publisher of the San Francisco Examiner Randolph Hearst - was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army, a left wing terrorist group. She was found, alive, 19 months later.

In 1984, in the year of Hilde Gillen's passing, on January 1, "Baby Bells" were created. AT&T had been the provider of telephone service (and equipment) in the United States. The company kept Western Electric, Bell Labs, and AT&T Long Distance. Seven new regional companies (the Baby Bells) covered local telephone service and were separately owned. AT&T lost 70% of its book value due to this move.

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