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Olive Marguerite Finlay-Best (1906 - 1977)

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Olive Marguerite (Finlay) Finlay-Best
1906 - 1977
Born
March 7, 1906
Virden, Division No. 6 County, MB Canada R0M
Death
February 4, 1977
Royal Alex Hospital Kingsway Avenue, in Edmonton, Division No. 11 County, AB Canada
Last Known Residence
Windsor Apartments Connors Road & 87 Street, in Edmonton, Division No. 11 County, AB Canada
Summary
Olive Marguerite Finlay-Best was born on March 7, 1906 in Virden, MB Canada. Her maiden name is Finlay and she married into the Finlay-Best family. She died on February 4, 1977 at Royal Alex Hospital, Edmonton, AB Canada at age 70.
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Olive Marguerite Finlay-Best
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Windsor Apartments Connors Road & 87 Street, in Edmonton, Division No. 11 County, AB Canada
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Olive Finlay-Best was born on in Virden, Division No. 6 County, MB Canada R0M
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Olive Finlay-Best died on at Royal Alex Hospital Kingsway Avenue, in Edmonton, Division No. 11 County, AB Canada
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February 8, 1977
Evergreen Memorial Gardens & Funeral Chapel Fort Rd, in North Edmonton, AB CA T5Y 6A2
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Irish Canadian

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RN Graduate Nurse - General Hospital in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada

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United Church (Strathearn)

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In 1906, in the year that Olive Marguerite Finlay-Best was born, the great San Francisco earthquake hit, estimated at 7.8 on the Richter scale. The earthquake caused fires that raged for days and between the earthquake and the fire, about 3,000 people were killed and 80% of the City was destroyed.

In 1921, Olive was only 15 years old when the silent film The Sheik, directed by George Melford and starring Rudolph Valentino and Agnes Ayres (also featuring Adolphe Menjou) debuted on October 21st. Critics weren't enthusiastic but the public loved it - in the first few weeks 125,000 people had seen the movie - and it eventually exceeded $1 million in ticket sales. And Rudolph Valentino, an Italian American, became the heartthrob of a female generation.

In 1937, at the age of 31 years old, Olive was alive 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 1948, Olive was 42 years old when on January 30th, Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated in New Delhi by a member of a Hindu nationalist party who thought that Gandhi was too accommodating to Muslims. The man, Nathuram Godse, shot Gandhi 3 times. He died immediately. The shooter was tried, convicted, and hung in November 1949.

In 1977, in the year of Olive Marguerite Finlay-Best's passing, on May 25th, Star Wars premiered in theaters. Eventually, it became the highest-grossing film of all time - until E.T. surpassed it a few years later. It was an immediate hit with theatergoers.

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