Mertyee Wilson (1911 - 1986)

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Mertyee Wilson
1911 - 1986
September 7, 1911
April 1986
Mertyee Wilson was born on September 7, 1911, and died at age 74 years old in April 1986. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Mertyee Wilson.
Updated: November 9, 2011
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Mertyee Wilson passed away at age 74 years old in April 1986. Mertyee Wilson was born on September 7, 1911. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Mertyee Wilson.

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Mertyee Wilson lived 4 years longer than the average Wilson family member when they died at the age of 74.
The average age of a Wilson family member is 70.

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1911 - 1986 World Events

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In 1911, in the year that Mertyee Wilson was born, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first man to reach the South Pole, along with four fellow Norwegian explorers. After hearing that Peary had beaten him to the North Pole, Amundsen decided to tackle the South Pole. On December 14th, he succeeded.

In 1927, this person was 16 years old when 10 years after the United States bought the U.S. Virgin Islands from the Danish government, the inhabitants were granted U.S. citizenship. While they can vote in congressional elections and presidential primaries, they cannot vote for President.

In 1942, by the time this person was 31 years old, due to World War II, automobile production in the United States was stopped on February 1st. A tire rationing program had begun the month before. Detroit - the main hub of car manufacturing - was ordered to free up assembly lines for military production. The president of the Automobile Manufacturers Association said “The automotive industry is in this war all the way". Some dealerships had to close and others expanded their repair shops. The used car market boomed (as did a black market in used cars).

In 1961, by the time this person was 50 years old, on May 5th, Navy Cmdr. Alan B. Shepard, Jr., made the first manned Project Mercury flight, MR-3, in a spacecraft he named Freedom 7. He was the second man to go into space, the first was Yuri Gagarin - a Soviet cosmonaut.

In 1986, in the year of Mertyee Wilson's passing, on January 28th, the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after launch. All seven crew members died. The cause of the explosion was later found to be a failed O-ring. The O-ring failure was due to the unusually cold conditions at Cape Canaveral.

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