Nye Gilcrest (1896 - 1969)



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Irwin, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

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1896 - In the year that Nye Gilcrest was born, on January 28th, the first ticket for speeding - called "furious driving" - was issued. Walter Arnold of Kent England was fined 1 shilling plus costs - for going 8 mph. The speed limit was 2 mph.

1909 - He was only 13 years old when Polish physician and medical researcher Paul Ehrlich found a cure for syphilis, which was a prevalent (but undiscussed) disease. He found that an arsenic compound completely cured syphilis within 3 weeks.

1940 - He was 44 years old when in July, Billboard published its first Music Popularity Chart. Top recordings of the year were Tommy Dorsey's "I'll Never Smile Again" (vocal Frank Sinatra) - 12 weeks at the top, Bing Crosby's "Only Forever" - 9 weeks at the top, and Artie Shaw's "Frenesi" - 12 weeks at the top.

1945 - At the age of 49 years old, Nye was alive when on May 8th, World War II in Europe ended when Germany surrendered. Hitler had committed suicide a week before.

1969 - In the year of Nye Gilcrest's passing, in August, a previously planned small concert turned into a (free) more than 400,000 strong gathering of attendees and bands at Max Yasgur's farm in upstate New York - now called Woodstock. Just some of the 32 acts: Richie Havens, Joe Cocker, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Joan Baez, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe, Santana, The Band, and Sly and the Family Stone.

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Nye Gilcrest died in May 1969 at 72 years of age. There is no known cause of death for Nye. He was born on September 29, 1896. There is no information about Nye's family or relationships. We know that Nye Gilcrest had been residing in Irwin, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.


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