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Mary Jane Baird (1851 - 1929)

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Mary Jane Baird
1851 - 1929
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1851
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1929
Preston, Australia
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Preston, Australia
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Mary Jane Baird was born in 1851. She is the child of Neely James Baird and Annie Steff Baird. She died in 1929 in Preston, Australia at 78 years of age.
Updated: September 3, 2013
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Mary Jane Baird died in 1929 in Preston, Australia at 78 years of age. She was born in 1851. She is the child of Neely James Baird and Annie Steff Baird.
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In 1851, in the year that Mary Jane Baird was born, on May 15th, the first of many Australian gold rushes was publicized. Because the California Gold Rush had caused many Australians to emigrate to California, Australia decided that the gold found in Australia should be publicized, rather than suppressing the news as earlier finds had been.

In 1872, when she was 21 years old, on March 1st, Yellowstone National Park became the first national park in the U.S. and perhaps the world's first national park. Established by Congress and signed into law by President Grant, Yellowstone is one of the most spectacular areas in the U.S., filled with natural wonders and wildlife.

In 1906, she was 55 years old when Finland became the first European country to give women the vote and to allow them to run for political office. (Women in Australia and New Zealand already had that right but couldn't run for office.) Although Finland belonged to the Russian Empire, there was great unrest and the Tsar wanted to broker a quick peace. As a part of the brokered peace, women got the vote.

In 1916, she was 65 years old 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 1929, in the year of Mary Jane Baird's passing, the St. Valentine's Day Massacre happened on February 14th. In Chicago, seven men from the North Side Irish gang were gunned down by Al Capone's South Side Italian gang at the garage at 2122 North Clark Street. Al Capone was making a successful move to take over Chicago's organized crime. But the St. Valentine's Day massacre also resulted in a public outcry against all gangsters.

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