Lillian Mary O'Grady (1881 - 1950)

Lillian Mary O'grady
1881 - 1950
updated February 06, 2019
Lillian Mary O'Grady was born in 1881 in Ballarat, VIC Australia. She was born to Rodney "Rody" O'Grady and Mary Ann O'Grady ( Beattie, with siblings James, Rudolph, and Catherine. She died on September 8, 1950 in Ballarat, VIC Australia at 69 years old.

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Lillian O'grady was born in in Ballarat, Ballarat City County, VIC Australia
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The Age, Melbourne, September 9 1950.
O'GRADY.- On September 8, at private hospital,
Ballarat, Lilian, loved daughter of the late Rodney
and Mary O'Grady, of 802 Macarthur street, Ballarat,
loved sister of Minnie, Neil, John, Rody, James ( all deceased )
and Cassie. Rest in peace.

The Advocate, Melbourne October 5, 1950.
The death occured of Miss Lilian O'Grady, daughter of the late Mr. Rodney and Mary O'Grady, pioneers of Macarthur-street, Ballarat. Mr. O'Grady was a police constable at Ballarat before his retirement. The late Miss O'Grady was in business in Melbourne for many years, while her sister, Miss Cassie O'Grady, held a responsible position in the Ballarat Telephone Exchange. A brother the late Mr. Jack O'Grady, a Ballarat postal official, was a prominent elocutionist and entertainer.

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In 1881, in the year that Lillian Mary O'Grady was born, on March 4th, James A. Garfield became the 20th President of the United States. On July 2nd, he was shot by Charles Guiteau, a lawyer, in Washington, D.C. The wound became infected and Garfield died on September 19. Vice President Chester A. Arthur immediately became the 21st President.

In 1908, she was 27 years old when 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 1913, when she was 32 years old, the 17th Amendment, establishing the direct election of U.S. Senators, was adopted. Previously, Senators were elected by state legislatures. As early as 1826, a call to elect senators through popular vote was championed and previous to the 17th amendment, two states had already changed their process. Governors are still able to appoint senators to vacant seats until an election can be held.

In 1938, Lillian was 57 years old when on October 30th, a Sunday, The Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast Orson Welles' special Halloween show The War of the World's. A clever take on H.G. Wells' novel, the show began with simulated "breaking news" of an invasion by Martians. Because of the realistic nature of the "news," there was a public outcry the next day, calling for regulation by the FCC. Although the current story is that many were fooled and panicked, in reality very few people were fooled. But the show made Orson Welles' career.

In 1950, in the year of Lillian Mary O'Grady's passing, in February, Joe McCarthy gave a speech alleging that he had a list of "members of the Communist Party and members of a spy ring" who worked in the State Department. He went on to chair a committee that investigated not only the State Department but also the administration of President Harry S. Truman, the Voice of America, and the U.S. Army for communist spies - until he was condemned by the U.S. Senate in 1954.

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