Mary Elizabeth Norris

(1903 - 1940)

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Mary Elizabeth Norris
1903 - 1940
Born
1903
Death
1940
Fitzroy, Australia
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Fitzroy, Australia
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Mary Elizabeth Norris was born in 1903. She was born to Norris Dominie Norris and Bridget Horon Norris. She died in 1940 in Fitzroy, Australia at age 37.
Updated: February 06, 2019
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Mary Elizabeth Norris
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Mary Elizabeth Norris died in 1940 in Fitzroy, Australia at age 37. She was born in 1903. She was born to Norris Dominie Norris and Bridget Horon Norris.

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In 1903, in the year that Mary Elizabeth Norris was born, the United States Department of Commerce and Labor was created by President Theodore Roosevelt to control the excesses of big business. Renamed the Department of Commerce 10 years later, many departments concerned with workers were transferred to the Department of Labor at that time. Another spin-off, the Bureau of Corporations, became the Federal Trade Commission.

In 1919, Mary was 16 years old when in January, Nebraska was the 36th state to ratify the 18th Amendment, making it the law of the land. The 18th Amendment established Prohibition - a law against the production, transport, and sale of alcohol. Private consumption and possession were not prohibited. Several months later, the Volstead Act was passed, creating laws to enforce the Amendment. Bootlegging and bathtub gin followed.

In 1925, Mary was 22 years old when on November 28th, radio station WSM broadcast the Grand Ole Opry for the first time. Originally airing as “The WSM Barn Dance”, the Opry (a local term for "opera") was dedicated to honoring country music and in its history has featured the biggest stars and acts in country music.

In 1935, when she was 32 years old, on September 8th, Louisiana Senator Huey Long was shot by Dr. Carl Weiss. Weiss was shot and killed immediately by Long's bodyguards - Long died two days later from his injuries. Long had received many death threats previously, as well as threats against his family. He was a powerful and controversial figure in Louisiana politics (and probably gained power through multiple criminal acts). His opponents became frustrated with their attempts to oust him and Dr. Weiss was the son-in-law of one of those opponents. His funeral was attended by 200,000 mourners.

In 1940, in the year of Mary Elizabeth Norris's passing, 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.

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