Miriam Thorpe

(1887 - 1959)

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Miriam Thorpe
1887 - 1959
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1887
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1959
Balw, Australia
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Balw, Australia
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Miriam Thorpe was born in 1887. She was born to Schenk John Fr Thorpe and Elizabeth Bell Thorpe. She died in 1959 in Balw, Australia at 72 years of age.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Miriam Thorpe died in 1959 in Balw, Australia at 72 years of age. She was born in 1887. She was born to Schenk John Fr Thorpe and Elizabeth Bell Thorpe.

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In 1887, in the year that Miriam Thorpe was born, on July 1st, the assembly for the supports of the Eiffel Tower began . A wrought iron lattice tower, it was designed and built by Gustave Eiffel - who also contributed to the building of the Statue of Liberty. There are 18,000 pieces in the Eiffel Tower - which had to be built separately and then assembled in place - with rivets - to complete the Tower.

In 1890, Miriam was just 3 years old when on June 1st, the U.S. Census Bureau started tabulating census returns with punch cards. Herman Hollerith's "tabulating machine" used punch cards to more quickly compute census information, taking the time to get census results from 8 years in 1880 to 6 years for the 1890 census. Hollerith's company eventually became IBM.

In 1904, she was 17 years old when the World's Fair, officially known as the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, was held in St. Louis, Missouri. Attended by nearly 19.7 million people (and later the subject of a Judy Garland film), the Fair was funded by federal, state and local sources to the tune of $15 million. As the name suggests, the Fair was suggested as a way to celebrate the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. In the past, World's Fairs were a way of bringing new technology to the attention of the masses and this fair was no exception - the use of electricity (the public feared it at the time), personal cars, airplanes, and the electric streetcar were all highlighted.

In 1949, Miriam was 62 years old when comedian Milton Berle hosted the first telethon show. It raised $1,100,000 for cancer research and lasted 16 hours. The next day, newspapers, in writing about the event, first used the word "telethon."

In 1959, in the year of Miriam Thorpe's passing, on January 3rd, Alaska became the 49th state of the United States and the first state not a part of the contiguous United States. The flag was changed to display 49 stars.

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