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Matilda Sarah Biggs (1892 - 1962)

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Matilda Sarah Biggs
1892 - 1962
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1892
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1962
Bendigo, Australia
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Bendigo, Australia
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Matilda Sarah Biggs was born in 1892. She is the child of Cassidy Willia Biggs and Eliza Ann Symons Biggs. She died in 1962 in Bendigo, Australia at age 70.
Updated: September 3, 2013
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Matilda Sarah Biggs passed away in 1962 in Bendigo, Australia at 70 years old. She was born in 1892. She is the child of Cassidy Willia Biggs and Eliza Ann Symons Biggs.
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In 1892, in the year that Matilda Sarah Biggs was born, on October 5th, the Dalton Gang was shot. The Gang was attempting to rob two banks - simultaneously - in Coffeyville Kansas but word spread of the robberies and townspeople with guns greeted them when they left the banks. Four members of the gang were killed - only Emmett Dalton survived his wounds and spent 14 years in prison.

In 1915, she was 23 years old when Audrey Munson, playing a model for a sculptor in the film "Inspiration", became the first actress to shed her clothes on screen. Fearing that banning the film would mean that censors would also have to "ban Renaissance art" the film was released, with Munson in the nude scenes and a stand-in doing the acting. (Munson had previously been "America's First Supermodel" and posed nude as the model for many famous artworks.) The film was a hit with audiences.

In 1929, at the age of 37 years old, Matilda was alive when the St. Valentine's Day Massacre happened on February 14th. In Chicago, seven men from the North Side Irish gang were gunned down by Al Capone's South Side Italian gang at the garage at 2122 North Clark Street. Al Capone was making a successful move to take over Chicago's organized crime. But the St. Valentine's Day massacre also resulted in a public outcry against all gangsters.

In 1933, by the time she was 41 years old, on December 5th, the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified. The 21st Amendment said "The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed." Alcohol was legal again! It was the only amendment to the Constitution approved for the explicit purpose of repealing a previously existing amendment. South Carolina was the only state to reject the Amendment.

In 1962, in the year of Matilda Sarah Biggs'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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