Mabel Dorothy Ridgwell (1898 - 1959)

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Mabel Dorothy Ridgwell
1898 - 1959
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1898
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1959
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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Mabel Dorothy Ridgwell was born in 1898. She was born to James William Ridgwell and Ellen Oliver Ridgwell. She died in 1959 in Melbourne, Australia at age 61.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Mabel Dorothy Ridgwell passed away in 1959 in Melbourne, Australia at 61 years of age. She was born in 1898. She was born to James William Ridgwell and Ellen Oliver Ridgwell.

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In 1898, in the year that Mabel Dorothy Ridgwell was born, on February 15th, the USS Maine exploded and sank in Havana harbor. The reason for the explosion has never been found, but it killed 266 men. "Remember the Maine" became a rallying cry and precipitated the United States' declaration of war on Spain two months later - the beginning of the Spanish-American War. On December 10th, the war ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris. The Treaty gave the U.S. Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Guam - for $20 million - and, temporarily, Cuba.

In 1904, when she was just 6 years old, the Russo-Japanese war began. The Russian Empire and the Japanese Empire began fighting over the territories of Manchuria and Korea. Russia wanted a warm water port on the Pacific Ocean while Japan feared growing encroachment from Russia into Asia. So the Japan fleet launched a surprise attack on the Russian Navy and a one year war began. President Roosevelt of the United States brokered peace between the two nations. It was the first time in the modern era that an Asian power showed its dominance over a European power.

In 1914, by the time she was 16 years old, in August, the Panama Canal opened to traffic. Begun by the French in the 1880's and abandoned, the United States undertook further construction in 1904. After 10 years, and the elimination of malaria carrying mosquitoes (which caused immense delays for the French and the Americans), the 48 mile long artificial waterway - a series of locks - created a shortcut for ships traveling between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

In 1944, when she was 46 years old, on June 6th, the largest amphibious invasion in history was launched - the Normandy landing (called D-Day). Soldiers from the United States, Britain, Canada, and the Free French landed on Normandy Beach and were later joined by Poland, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Greece, and the Netherlands. Almost 5,000 landing and assault craft, 289 escort vessels, and 277 minesweepers were involved. Nearly 160,000 troops crossed the English Channel on D-Day - Allied casualties on the first day were at least 10,000. 4,414 were confirmed dead.

In 1959, in the year of Mabel Dorothy Ridgwell's passing, on August 8th, Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States. The US flag was changed to show 50 stars.

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