Mary Koumaras

(1889 - 1977)

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Mary Koumaras
1889 - 1977
Born
January 25, 1889
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July 1977
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Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania 19120
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Mary Koumaras was born on January 25, 1889. She died in July 1977 at 88 years of age. We know that Mary Koumaras had been residing in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania 19120.
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Mary Koumaras passed away in July 1977 at 88 years old. She was born on January 25, 1889. There is no information about Mary's family or relationships. We know that Mary Koumaras had been residing in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania 19120.

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In 1889, in the year that Mary Koumaras was born, on March 31st, the Eiffel Tower was inaugurated. Because the elevators were not yet in operation, officials had to climb to the top of the tower - it took an hour. On May 15th, the Tower opened to the public - still without working elevators - but around 30,000 visitors still made the climb. The elevators went into operation on the 26th. The Tower wasn't considered aesthetically pleasing at the time but is now one of the most iconic structures in the world.

In 1918, when she was 29 years old, in July, Russian revolutionaries executed the former Tzar Nicholas II and his immediate family. While it was rumored that two of the children had survived, it was later proven through DNA analysis - when their bodies were found - that the entire family had been killed.

In 1920, at the age of 31 years old, Mary was alive when speakeasies replaced saloons as the center of social activity. After the 18th Amendment was ratified and selling alcohol became illegal, saloons closed and speakeasies took their place. Speakeasies, also called a blind pig or blind tiger, were "so called because of the practice of speaking quietly about such a place in public, or when inside it, so as not to alert the police or neighbors". There were a lot of them and they were very popular. And where saloons often prohibited women, they were encouraged at speakeasies because of the added profits.

In 1937, Mary was 48 years old when on May 28th, the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge opened to cars. Taking 5 years to build, the 4,200-foot-long suspension bridge was an engineering marvel of its time - 11 men died during construction. The "international orange" color was chosen because it resisted rust and fading. To the present, it is the symbol of the City that is known throughout the world.

In 1977, in the year of Mary Koumaras's passing, on January 21st, President Carter pardoned "draft dodgers" - men who avoided the draft during the Vietnam War. He fulfilled a campaign promise with the pardon. But it only applied to civilian evaders - the estimated 500,000 to 1 million active-duty personnel who went AWOL were not included.

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