Myrtie Spivey (1898 - 1969)

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Myrtie Spivey
1898 - 1969
December 13, 1898
May 1969
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Andalusia, Covington County, Alabama 36420
Myrtie Spivey was born on December 13, 1898. She died in May 1969 at 70 years old. We know that Myrtie Spivey had been residing in Andalusia, Covington County, Alabama 36420.
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Myrtie Spivey passed away in May 1969 at age 70. She was born on December 13, 1898. We have no information about Myrtie's immediate family. We know that Myrtie Spivey had been residing in Andalusia, Covington County, Alabama 36420.

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In 1898, in the year that Myrtie Spivey was born, magnate and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil Company controlled 84% of the oil and pipelines in the United States. Rockefeller grew Standard Oil through the merger of several other small oil companies throughout the U.S., creating a monopoly.

In 1914, Myrtie was 16 years old when in August, the Panama Canal opened to traffic. Begun by the French in the 1880's and abandoned, the United States undertook further construction in 1904. After 10 years, and the elimination of malaria carrying mosquitoes (which caused immense delays for the French and the Americans), the 48 mile long artificial waterway - a series of locks - created a shortcut for ships traveling between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

In 1923, by the time she was 25 years old, Harlem's Cotton Club opened in New York City. Owned by a bootlegger and gangster, it was a 700 seat speakeasy that catered to a "white only" clientele. But most of the entertainers were African-American and featured some of the best entertainers of the time such as Lena Horne, the Nicholas Brothers, Ethel Waters, and Cab Calloway.

In 1942, by the time she was 44 years old, on November 28th at 10:15p, a nightclub in Boston, the Cocoanut Grove, caught fire. The origins of the fire are unknown but it killed 492 people - the deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history. Hundreds more were injured. The disaster was so shocking that it replaced World War II in the headlines and lead to reforms in safety standards and codes.

In 1969, in the year of Myrtie Spivey's passing, one hundred countries, along with the United States and the Soviet Union signed the nuclear nonproliferation treaty (NPT). It called for stopping the spread of nuclear weapons, the peaceful use of nuclear energy, and the goal of nuclear disarmament.

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