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Percy Nisbett (1887 - 1974)

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Percy Nisbett
1887 - 1974
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June 16, 1887
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August 1974
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East Millinocket, Penobscot County, Maine 04430
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Percy Nisbett was born on June 16, 1887. He died in August 1974 at age 87. We know that Percy Nisbett had been residing in East Millinocket, Penobscot County, Maine 04430.
Updated: October 1, 2011
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Percy Nisbett passed away in August 1974 at 87 years old. He was born on June 16, 1887. There is no information about Percy's immediate family. We know that Percy Nisbett had been residing in East Millinocket, Penobscot County, Maine 04430.
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In 1887, in the year that Percy Nisbett was born, on January 28th, the largest recorded snowflakes fell in a snowstorm in Fort Keogh, Montana. They were supposed to have been 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick. A rancher in the area said that they were “larger than milk pans”. A Wild West tall tale? Not according to the Guinness World Records book.

In 1925, Percy was 38 years old when in July, the Scopes Trial - often called the Scopes Monkey Trial - took place, prosecuting a substitute teacher for teaching evolution in school. Tennessee had enacted a law that said it was "unlawful to teach human evolution in any state-funded school". William Jennings Bryan headed the prosecution and Clarence Darrow headed the defense. The teacher was found guilty and fined $100. An appeal to the Supreme Court of Tennessee upheld the law but overturned the guilty verdict.

In 1952, by the time he was 65 years old, on July 2, Dr. Jonas E. Salk tested the first dead-virus polio vaccine on 43 children. The worst epidemic of polio had broken out that year - in the U.S. there were 58,000 cases reported. Of these, 3,145 people had died and 21,269 were left with mild to disabling paralysis.

In 1967, by the time he was 80 years old, on November 7th, President Johnson signed legislation passed by Congress that created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which would later become PBS and NPR. The legislation required CPB to operate with a "strict adherence to objectivity and balance in all programs or series of programs of a controversial nature".

In 1974, in the year of Percy Nisbett's passing, on August 9th, Gerald R. Ford became the 38th President of the United States. He had been Vice President for 8 months when he became President due to the resignation of President Nixon.

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