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Olive M Best (1916 - 1997)

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Olive M Best
1916 - 1997
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February 14, 1916
Death
January 20, 1997
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Grosse Pointe, Wayne County, Michigan 48230
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Olive M Best was born on February 14, 1916. She died on January 20, 1997 at age 80. We know that Olive M Best had been residing in Grosse Pointe, Wayne County, Michigan 48230.
Updated: November 3, 2011
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Olive M Best died on January 20, 1997 at 80 years old. She was born on February 14, 1916. We are unaware of information about Olive's surviving family. We know that Olive M Best had been residing in Grosse Pointe, Wayne County, Michigan 48230.
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In 1916, in the year that Olive M Best was born, suffragette Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman elected to the House of Representatives as a Representative at large from Montana. She was the first woman to hold an elected Federal office. Holding the office for two years, she ran again in 1940 and served another two year term. Montana had granted women unrestricted voting rights in 1914, 6 years before women got the vote nationally.

In 1920, at the age of only 4 years old, Olive was alive when speakeasies replaced saloons as the center of social activity. After the 18th Amendment was ratified and selling alcohol became illegal, saloons closed and speakeasies took their place. Speakeasies, also called a blind pig or blind tiger, were "so called because of the practice of speaking quietly about such a place in public, or when inside it, so as not to alert the police or neighbors". There were a lot of them and they were very popular. And where saloons often prohibited women, they were encouraged at speakeasies because of the added profits.

In 1937, Olive was 21 years old when on May 6th, the German zeppelin the Hindenburg caught fire and blew up. The Hindenburg was a passenger ship traveling to Frankfurt Germany. It tried to dock in New Jersey, one of the stops, and something went wrong - it blew up. Thirty-six people were killed out of the 97 on board - 13 passengers, 22 crewmen, and one ground worker. The reasons for the explosion are still disputed.

In 1981, by the time she was 65 years old, on August 1st, MTV debuted. It was the first music video TV channel. The first music video played was the Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" - the second was Pat Benatar's "You Better Run".

In 1997, in the year of Olive M Best's passing, on June 26th, the first Harry Potter book by J. K. Rowling was released. "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" was an immediate success and spawned not only sequels but also movies, video games, plays, and amusement park attractions. J.K. Rowling, at the time of the first book a poor single mother, has become a multi-billionaire.

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