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Kay Eaton ([personal profile] kayeaton) wrote2011-05-03 07:11 pm

ooc - kay's cultural context: geopolitical

Notes and things about the state of Earth (mostly in context of the United States) during Kay's lifetime. Where it refers to the "present," please assume I mean 1953.

Figuring out her age for any of these events is fairly easy: subtract a decade, then subtract one year, and the last one or two numbers are her age. (You could also just subtract eleven, but I'm not good at math, so it takes me slightly longer to do it that way. >>) In 1933, for example, she's 22. Any years before 1911 don't count.

Presidents of her lifetime
¶ William Howard Taft (pres. 1909-1913)
¶ Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921)
¶ Warren G. Harding (1921-1923)
¶ Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929)
¶ Herbert Hoover (1929-1933)
¶ Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1933-1945)
¶ Harry S. Truman (1945-1953)
¶ Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-present)
Ike's sworn in in January, and she's from November.

U.S. states added after her birth
¶ New Mexico (1912)
¶ Arizona (1912)

U.S. states added after 1953
¶ Alaska (1959)
¶ Hawaii (1959)

Various events she's lived through
This has a decidedly American slant. I'm primarily choosing events that would be relevant to her or that are useful to me for playing her.
¶ The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire (1911)
¶ The sinking of the RMS Titanic (1912)
¶ The Piltdown Man hoax (1912)
¶ The founding of the Girl Scouts of the USA (1912)
Was probably not a Girl Scout as a child, but at least one of her older sisters probably was. I should decide on this.
¶ The invention of the moving assembly line (1913)
¶ World War I (1914-1918)
¶ Typhoid Mary (1915)
¶ The Russian Revolution (1917)
¶ The Red Baron dies in action (1918)
¶ The Romanovs are killed (1918)
¶ Spanish flu pandemic (1918)
¶ Prohibition ratified in the United States (1920)
¶ 19th amendment to the US Constitution ratified, declaring women's suffrage (1920)
¶ The first Negro National League baseball game (1920)
It's played in Indianapolis.
¶ BBC formed (1922)
¶ Rudolph Valentino dies (1926)
¶ Harry Houdini dies (1926)
¶ U.S. Highway System begun, including Route 66 (1926)