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Mary Skaggs (1893 - 1973)

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Mary Skaggs
1893 - 1973
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March 28, 1893
Death
September 1973
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Pampa, Gray County, Texas 79065
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Mary Skaggs was born on March 28, 1893. She died in September 1973 at age 80. We know that Mary Skaggs had been residing in Pampa, Gray County, Texas 79065.
Updated: November 8, 2011
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Mary Skaggs passed away in September 1973 at 80 years old. She was born on March 28, 1893. We have no information about Mary's surviving family. We know that Mary Skaggs had been residing in Pampa, Gray County, Texas 79065.
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In 1893, in the year that Mary Skaggs was born, a songbook, called Song Stories for the Kindergarten, was published by sisters Patty and Mildred Hill. One of the songs included in the book was "Good Morning to All" - later the lyrics were changed and it became "Happy Birthday to You".

In 1926, she was 33 years old when on November 15th, NBC was founded. It was the U.S.'s first major broadcast network. Ownership of the network was split between RCA (a majority partner at 50%), its founding corporate parent General Electric (which owned 30%), and Westinghouse (which owned the remaining 20%).

In 1931, when she was 38 years old, in March, “The Star Spangled Banner” officially became the national anthem by congressional resolution. Other songs had previously been used - among them, "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", "God Bless America", and "America the Beautiful". There was fierce debate about making "The Star Spangled Banner" the national anthem - Southerners and veterans organizations supported it, pacifists and educators opposed it.

In 1957, Mary was 64 years old when on September 24th, the "Little Rock Nine" (nine African-American students) entered Little Rock High School. Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus had previously prevented the students from entering the school at the beginning of the term with the Arkansas National Guard - they blocked the door. President Eisenhower ordered federal troops - the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army - to guard the students and allow them entry.

In 1973, in the year of Mary Skaggs's passing, on August 15th, amidst rising calls for the impeachment of President Richard Nixon, Congress imposed an end to the bombing of Cambodia.

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