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Mary Squire West (1910 - 1962)

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Mary Squire West
1910 - 1962
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1910
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1962
Cowe, Australia
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Cowe, Australia
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Mary Squire West was born in 1910. She is the child of Lawrence Josep West and Mary Ann Ramsay West. She died in 1962 in Cowe, Australia at 52 years of age.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Mary Squire West passed away in 1962 in Cowe, Australia at age 52. She was born in 1910. She is the child of Lawrence Josep West and Mary Ann Ramsay West.
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In 1910, in the year that Mary Squire West was born, Halley's comet, which returns past the earth every 75 - 76 years was observed photographically for the first time. Two fortuitous events occurred - photography had been invented since the last time the comet had passed and the comet was relatively close. There was panic because one astronomer claimed that the gas from its tail "would impregnate the atmosphere and possibly snuff out all life on the planet." People bought gas masks, "anti-comet pills" and "anti-comet umbrellas".

In 1921, when she was only 11 years old, hugely popular Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, silent film star, was arrested for rape and manslaughter after an actress died following a party at his house. He was acquitted after three trials and the jury wrote a formal letter apologizing for the charges, but his career never recovered. His films were at first banned - the ban was lifted after a year - and he was mostly ostracized by the community. He died at 46..

In 1948, Mary was 38 years old when on May 14th, the State of Israel was proclaimed by David Ben-Gurion, who became Israel's first Premier, and the U.S. officially recognized Israel. That evening, Egypt launched an air assault on Israel.

In 1952, by the time she was 42 years old, on February 6th, George VI of England died from a coronary thrombosis and complications due to lung cancer. His eldest daughter, age 25, immediately ascended the throne as Elizabeth II and her coronation was on June 2 1953.

In 1962, in the year of Mary Squire West's passing, on October 1st, African-American James H. Meredith, escorted by federal marshals, registered at the University of Mississippi - becoming the first African-American student admitted to the segregated college. He had been inspired by President Kennedy's inaugural address to apply for admission.

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