Irene Mcmurry

(1903 - 1976)

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Irene Mcmurry
1903 - 1976
Born
December 28, 1903
Death
October 1976
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San Jose, Santa Clara County, California 95126
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Irene Mcmurry was born on December 28, 1903. She died in October 1976 at 72 years of age. We know that Irene Mcmurry had been residing in San Jose, Santa Clara County, California 95126.
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Irene Mcmurry died in October 1976 at 72 years old. She was born on December 28, 1903. We have no information about Irene's surviving family. We know that Irene Mcmurry had been residing in San Jose, Santa Clara County, California 95126.

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In 1903, in the year that Irene Mcmurry was born, two brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright, flew the first powered heavier-than-air plane. They flew 4 times in one day - the longest flight lasting 59 seconds and a little over 852 feet. While the brothers had notified several newspapers of their attempt, only one - a local paper - covered it. After their 4th flight, a gust of wind caught the plane, turned it over, and totaled it.

In 1910, she was just 7 years old when Thomas Edison introduced his kinetophone, which he hoped would make "talkies" a reality. But the sound wasn't synchronized to the pictures and only 45 Kinetophones were made.

In 1933, at the age of 30 years old, Irene was alive when Frances Perkins became the first woman to hold a cabinet-level position, appointed by President Roosevelt to serve as Secretary of Labor. She told him that her priorities would be a 40-hour work week, a minimum wage, unemployment compensation, worker’s compensation, abolition of child labor, direct federal aid to the states for unemployment relief, Social Security, a revitalized federal employment service, and universal health insurance. President Roosevelt approved of all of them and most them were implemented during his terms as President. She served until his death in 1945.

In 1940, at the age of 37 years old, Irene was alive when 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 1976, in the year of Irene Mcmurry's passing, on August 4th, a mysterious illness struck an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Within a week, 25 people had died and 130 people had been hospitalized. It was the first known instance of what came to be called "Legionnaires Disease."

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