Mary Metcalfe Agg (1849 - 1916)

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Mary Metcalfe Agg
1849 - 1916
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1849
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1916
Fitzroy South, Australia
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Fitzroy South, Australia
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Mary Metcalfe Agg was born in 1849. She is the child of Metcalf Henry Agg and Elizabeth Murray Agg. She died in 1916 in Fitzroy South, Australia at 67 years old.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Mary Metcalfe Agg passed away in 1916 in Fitzroy South, Australia at 67 years of age. She was born in 1849. She is the child of Metcalf Henry Agg and Elizabeth Murray Agg.

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In 1849, in the year that Mary Metcalfe Agg was born, on March 4th, a Sunday, Zachary Taylor became the 12th US President. However, he refused to be sworn in on a Sunday - the Sabbath - so he was inaugurated the following Monday.

In 1886, by the time she was 37 years old, on October 28th, President Grover Cleveland officially dedicated the Statue of Liberty. A gift from France, the base for the statue had been built using donations from the American public. The unplanned but enthusiastic celebration after the dedication led to the first ticker tape parade.

In 1891, Mary was 42 years old when from March 9th through the 12th, a blizzard hit the south and west of England. Called the Great Blizzard of 1891, it led to snow drifts of up to 15 feet and killed 200 people and 6,000 animals. Fourteen ships sank.

In 1900, she was 51 years old when a massive hurricane, known as the Great Galveston hurricane, hit Galveston Texas. Winds hit up to 145 miles an hour (category 4) and it remains the single most deadly event in U.S. history. Between 6,000 and 12,000 died (most estimates are around 8,000 dead). The population of Galveston at the time was about 36,000 people in 1900.

In 1916, in the year of Mary Metcalfe Agg's passing, visiting nurse Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the U.S. at 46 Amboy St. in Brooklyn New York. Ten days after the clinic opened, Sanger was arrested for "violating laws against giving out birth control information" which was defined as obscenity. The clinic was not handing out birth control - just information about sex and birth control methods. (The Comstock law categorized information about abortion, family planning, and contraception as “obscene”.) The clinics and organizations that Sanger established later evolved into the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

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