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Mary Bell (1889 - 1978)

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Mary Bell
1889 - 1978
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March 22, 1889
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August 1978
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Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia 31904
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Mary Bell was born on March 22, 1889. She died in August 1978 at 89 years old. We know that Mary Bell had been residing in Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia 31904.
Updated: November 4, 2011
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Mary Bell passed away in August 1978 at 89 years of age. She was born on March 22, 1889. We are unaware of information about Mary's family or relationships. We know that Mary Bell had been residing in Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia 31904.
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In 1889, in the year that Mary Bell was born, on April 22nd, at "high noon," about 50,000 people took off to claim open lands in the Land Rush of 1889. Called the "Unassigned Lands," part or all of 6 counties in Oklahoma were up for grabs. By the end of the day, Oklahoma City and Guthrie were created - each with about 10,000 inhabitants.

In 1921, Mary was 32 years old when hugely popular Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, silent film star, was arrested for rape and manslaughter after an actress died following a party at his house. He was acquitted after three trials and the jury wrote a formal letter apologizing for the charges, but his career never recovered. His films were at first banned - the ban was lifted after a year - and he was mostly ostracized by the community. He died at 46..

In 1931, she was 42 years old when in March, “The Star Spangled Banner” officially became the national anthem by congressional resolution. Other songs had previously been used - among them, "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", "God Bless America", and "America the Beautiful". There was fierce debate about making "The Star Spangled Banner" the national anthem - Southerners and veterans organizations supported it, pacifists and educators opposed it.

In 1946, she was 57 years old when pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock's book "The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care" was published. It sold half a million copies in the first six months. Aside from the Bible, it became the best selling book of the 20th century. A generation of Baby Boomers were raised by the advice of Dr. Spock.

In 1978, in the year of Mary Bell's passing, on July 25th, Louise Brown, the first "test-tube baby", was born at Oldham Hospital in London. Louise was conceived through IVF (in vitro fertilization), a controversial and experimental procedure at the time.

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