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Mary Simmons (1899 - 1978)

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Mary Simmons
1899 - 1978
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August 16, 1899
Death
December 1978
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Bridgeton, Cumberland County, New Jersey 08302
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Mary Simmons was born on August 16, 1899. She died in December 1978 at 79 years old. We know that Mary Simmons had been residing in Bridgeton, Cumberland County, New Jersey 08302.
Updated: October 6, 2011
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Mary Simmons passed away in December 1978 at 79 years of age. She was born on August 16, 1899. We have no information about Mary's surviving family. We know that Mary Simmons had been residing in Bridgeton, Cumberland County, New Jersey 08302.
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1899 - 1978 World Events

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In 1899, in the year that Mary Simmons was born, on February 14th, the first voting machines were approved by Congress for use in federal elections. Several states were already using voting machines in their elections and the Federal government was finally convinced of their safety and accuracy.

In 1938, by the time she was 39 years old, on October 30th, a Sunday, The Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast Orson Welles' special Halloween show The War of the World's. A clever take on H.G. Wells' novel, the show began with simulated "breaking news" of an invasion by Martians. Because of the realistic nature of the "news," there was a public outcry the next day, calling for regulation by the FCC. Although the current story is that many were fooled and panicked, in reality very few people were fooled. But the show made Orson Welles' career.

In 1952, at the age of 53 years old, Mary was alive when on July 2, Dr. Jonas E. Salk tested the first dead-virus polio vaccine on 43 children. The worst epidemic of polio had broken out that year - in the U.S. there were 58,000 cases reported. Of these, 3,145 people had died and 21,269 were left with mild to disabling paralysis.

In 1962, at the age of 63 years old, Mary was alive when on February 20th, Lt. Col. John H. Glenn, Jr. became the first American to orbit the Earth. The Friendship 7 flew three times around the earth in 4 hours and 55 minutes. At age 77, Glenn returned to space - the oldest person to fly in space.

In 1978, in the year of Mary Simmons'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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