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Victoria Newlands (1888 - 1985)

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Victoria Newlands
1888 - 1985
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January 24, 1888
Death
December 1985
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Harpswell, Cumberland County, Maine 04079
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Victoria Newlands was born on January 24, 1888. She died in December 1985 at 97 years of age. We know that Victoria Newlands had been residing in Harpswell, Cumberland County, Maine 04079.
Updated: October 1, 2011
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Victoria Newlands died in December 1985 at 97 years old. She was born on January 24, 1888. We have no information about Victoria's surviving family. We know that Victoria Newlands had been residing in Harpswell, Cumberland County, Maine 04079.
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1888 - 1985 World Events

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In 1888, in the year that Victoria Newlands was born, on July 25th, a court stenographer from Salt Lake City - Frank Edward McGurrin - decisively beat the competition in a typing contest in Ohio. He was supposedly the only person who used touch typing and is believed to have invented the method. Touch typing is ubiquitous now - but Frank's win is what convinced everyone that the method was good!

In 1938, when she was 50 years old, on June 25th (a Saturday) the Fair Labor Standards Act was signed into law by President Roosevelt (along with 120 other bills). The Act banned oppressive child labor, set the minimum hourly wage at 25 cents, and established the maximum workweek at 44 hours. It faced a lot of opposition and in fighting for it, Roosevelt said "Do not let any calamity-howling executive with an income of $1,000 a day, ...tell you...that a wage of $11 a week is going to have a disastrous effect on all American industry."

In 1955, by the time she was 67 years old, in January, President Eisenhower sent direct aid to South Vietnam. In February, U.S. advisors were sent to train troops.

In 1971, she was 83 years old when on May 3rd, 10,000 federal troops, 5,100 officers of the D.C. Metropolitan Police, 2,000 members of the D.C. National Guard, and federal agents assembled in Washington DC to prevent an estimated 10,000 Vietnam War protesters from marching. President Nixon (who was in California) refused to give federal employees the day off and they had to navigate the police and protesters, adding to the confusion. By the end of a few days of protest, 12,614 people had been arrested - making it the largest mass arrest in US history.

In 1985, in the year of Victoria Newlands's passing, in May, a paper published in Nature by three British scientists reported that a huge hole was discovered in the ozone layer over the Antarctic. It was much larger than expected and is due to the use of manmade chemicals.

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