Melba Schwind (1897 - 1971)

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Melba Schwind
1897 - 1971
January 14, 1897
August 1971
Last Known Residence
Elma, Grays Harbor County, Washington 98541
Melba Schwind was born on January 14, 1897. She died in August 1971 at age 74. We know that Melba Schwind had been residing in Elma, Grays Harbor County, Washington 98541.
Updated: November 2, 2011
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Melba Schwind passed away in August 1971 at 74 years of age. She was born on January 14, 1897. There is no information about Melba's immediate family. We know that Melba Schwind had been residing in Elma, Grays Harbor County, Washington 98541.

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In 1897, in the year that Melba Schwind was born, in the January 22nd issue of "Engineering", the word "computer" was first used to refer to a mechanical calculation device. Previously - since the 17th century - the term computer meant "one who computes" and referred to human beings who worked with numbers.

In 1901, when she was only 4 years old, Teddy Roosevelt became the 26th President of the United States. TR, as he was known, had been Vice-President for 6 months when President William McKinley was assassinated. At age 42, he became the youngest President to serve although John Kennedy, at age 43, was the youngest President elected. He was a popular progressive and was elected to a second term in 1904 as a Republican, winning 56.4% of the popular vote and 336 electoral votes.

In 1929, Melba was 32 years old when American Samoa officially became a U.S. territory. Although a part of the United States since 1900, the Ratification Act of 1929 vested "all civil, judicial, and military powers in the President of the United States of America".

In 1931, Melba was 34 years old when 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 1971, in the year of Melba Schwind's passing, in March, Congress passed the Twenty-sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which lowered the voting age to 18 (from 21). It was a response to the criticism that men could fight at 18, but not vote for the policies and politicians who sent them to war. The states quickly ratified the Amendment and it was signed into law on July 1st by President Richard Nixon.

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