Mildred (Dufford) Nelson Simmons (1904 - 1997)

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Mildred (Dufford) Nelson Simmons
1904 - 1997
New Jersey, United States
New Jersey, United States
Mildred (Dufford) Nelson Simmons was born in 1904 in New Jersey. Her maiden name is Dufford and she married into the Nelson Simmons family. She is the child of Elijah Dufford and Etta May (Pettinger) Dufford, with a sibling Dorris. She died in 1997 in New Jersey at age 93.
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Hillside Cemetery 1401 Woodland Ave, in Scotch Plains, Union County, New Jersey 07076, United States
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Mildred married twice -first to Harry D Simmons (had son Harry) then to Jack Nelson Mildred (Dufford) Nelson Simmons passed away in 1997 in New Jersey at age 93. She was born in 1904 in New Jersey. She was born to Elijah Dufford and Etta May (Pettinger) Dufford, with sibling Dorris C. (Dufford) Hargreaves.
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In 1904, in the year that Mildred (Dufford) Nelson Simmons was born, the first underground line of the New York City subway system opened. London's underground system was opened in 1863 and Boston opened one in 1897, but New York quickly became the largest system in the U.S. More than 100,000 people paid 5 cents to ride under Manhattan that first day.

In 1927, Mildred was 23 years old when the first "talkie" (a movie with music, songs, and talking), The Jazz Singer, was released. Al Jolson starred as a cantor's son who instead of following in his father's footsteps as expected, becomes a singer of popular songs. Banished by his father, they reconcile on his father's deathbed. It was a tear-jerker and audiences went wild - especially when they heard the songs. Thus begun the demise of silent films and the rise of "talkies".

In 1954, Mildred was 50 years old when on May 17th, the Supreme Court released a decision on Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. The ruling stated that state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students was unconstitutional thus paving the way for integration in schools.

In 1960, she was 56 years old when on September 26th, the first televised debate for a Presidential campaign in the United States - Kennedy vs Nixon - was held. Seventy million people watched the debate on TV. The debate pre-empted the very popular Andy Griffith Show.

In 1997, in the year of Mildred (Dufford) Nelson Simmons 's passing, on August 31st, Princess Diana of Great Britain was killed when her car crashed into a pillar in the tunnel under the Pont de l'Alma bridge in Paris. The car she was riding in was trying to evade the paparazzi but it was also discovered later that the driver of the car, who was also killed, had three times the legal limit of alcohol which likely contributed to the accident.

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