Phyllis May Brockwell (1913 - 1967)

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Phyllis May Brockwell
1913 - 1967
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
Phyllis May Brockwell was born in 1913. She was born to Tait Albert Brockwell and Louisa Gonsal Brockwell. She died in 1967 in Melbourne, Australia at age 54.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Phyllis May Brockwell passed away in 1967 in Melbourne, Australia at 54 years of age. She was born in 1913. She was born to Tait Albert Brockwell and Louisa Gonsal Brockwell.

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In 1913, in the year that Phyllis May Brockwell was born, the 17th Amendment, establishing the direct election of U.S. Senators, was adopted. Previously, Senators were elected by state legislatures. As early as 1826, a call to elect senators through popular vote was championed and previous to the 17th amendment, two states had already changed their process. Governors are still able to appoint senators to vacant seats until an election can be held.

In 1928, when she was only 15 years old, Mickie Mouse was born! He first appeared in Disney's Steamboat Willie, along with Minnie. Although they were in two previous shorts, this was the first to be distributed. Steamboat Willie took advantage of the new technology and was a "talkie" - music was coordinated with the animation. It became the most popular cartoon of its day.

In 1943, by the time she was 30 years old, on March 31st, the Broadway musical Oklahoma! opened. Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (the first of their string of successful collaborations), audiences loved it. The musical ran for 2,212 performances originally and was made into a movie in 1954.

In 1958, at the age of 45 years old, Phyllis was alive when on January 31st, Explorer I, the United States' answer to Sputnik I (and 2,) was launched. America had entered the Space Race. The first spacecraft to detect the Van Allen radiation belt, it remained in orbit until 1970.

In 1967, in the year of Phyllis May Brockwell's passing, on October 2nd, Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first black US Supreme Court justice. Marshall was the great-grandson of a slave and graduated first in his class at Howard University Law School. His nomination to the Supreme Court was approved by the Senate, 69 to 11.

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