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Irmagarde Sly (1905 - 1976)

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Irmagarde Sly
1905 - 1976
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January 13, 1905
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May 1976
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Saint Charles, Kane County, Illinois 60174
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Irmagarde Sly was born on January 13, 1905. Irmagarde died in May 1976 at 71 years of age. We know that Irmagarde Sly had been residing in Saint Charles, Kane County, Illinois 60174.
Updated: November 4, 2011
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Irmagarde Sly passed away in May 1976 at age 71. Irmagarde was born on January 13, 1905. There is no information about Irmagarde's family. We know that Irmagarde Sly had been residing in Saint Charles, Kane County, Illinois 60174.
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In 1905, in the year that Irmagarde Sly was born, the first movie theater opened in the United States in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was the first theater to show nothing but movies - silent films. Two men, John P. Harris and his brother-in-law Harry Davis, opened the Nickelodeon on Smithfield Street - charging 5 cents for admission. The first day, 450 people watched movies at the new theater - on the second day, more than 1500 people stood in line to get in.

In 1916, at the age of just 11 years old, Irmagarde was alive when in June, the U.S. Congress authorized a plan to expand the armed forces over the next five years. Called the National Defense Act of 1916, the national law expanded the National Guard and Army (the Army added an aviation unit), created the Reserves, and gave the President expanded authority to federalize the National Guard. It also allowed the government to stockpile, in advance, materiel to be used in wartime.

In 1924, at the age of 19 years old, Irmagarde was alive when in May, wealthy college students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb kidnapped and killed 14 year old Robert Franks "in the interest of science". Leopold and Loeb thought that they were intellectually superior and that they could commit the perfect crime and not be caught. They were brought in for questioning within 8 days and quickly confessed. Clarence Darrow was hired as their defense lawyer, getting them life imprisonment instead of a death sentence. Loeb was eventually killed in prison - Leopold was released after 33 years, dying of a heart attack at age 66.

In 1951, when this person was 46 years old, on June 25th, CBS began broadcasting in color. There were well over 10 million televisions by that time. The first show in color was a musical variety special titled "Premiere". Hardly anyone had a color TV that could see the show.

In 1976, in the year of Irmagarde Sly'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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