Thordan Hillegas (1897 - 1977)

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Thordan Hillegas
1897 - 1977
August 1, 1897
February 1977
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Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16511
Thordan Hillegas was born on August 1, 1897. Thordan died in February 1977 at 79 years of age. We know that Thordan Hillegas had been residing in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16511.
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Thordan Hillegas passed away in February 1977 at 79 years old. Thordan was born on August 1, 1897. There is no information about Thordan's family. We know that Thordan Hillegas had been residing in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16511.

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In 1897, in the year that Thordan Hillegas was born, in the January 22nd issue of "Engineering", the word "computer" was first used to refer to a mechanical calculation device. Previously - since the 17th century - the term computer meant "one who computes" and referred to human beings who worked with numbers.

In 1903, this person was only 6 years old when two brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright, flew the first powered heavier-than-air plane. They flew 4 times in one day - the longest flight lasting 59 seconds and a little over 852 feet. While the brothers had notified several newspapers of their attempt, only one - a local paper - covered it. After their 4th flight, a gust of wind caught the plane, turned it over, and totaled it.

In 1924, Thordan was 27 years old when on January 21st, Vladimir Lenin, a leader of the Russian Revolution and the first leader of the Soviet Union died. He had survived two assassination attempts but had subsequent physical problems, suffering 3 strokes. He was in such great pain, it is said that he asked Stalin to poison him. The circumstances of his death are still disputed. He did oppose Stalin as the next leader - nonetheless, Stalin won a power struggle and ruled as a Soviet dictator until his death in 1953.

In 1931, at the age of 34 years old, Thordan was alive when in March, “The Star Spangled Banner” officially became the national anthem by congressional resolution. Other songs had previously been used - among them, "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", "God Bless America", and "America the Beautiful". There was fierce debate about making "The Star Spangled Banner" the national anthem - Southerners and veterans organizations supported it, pacifists and educators opposed it.

In 1977, in the year of Thordan Hillegas'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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