Happy 100th Birthday
My mother-in-law turns 100 years old this weekend – unbelievable but not unusual. Here are some quick facts about 1913.
- Woodrow Wilson was President of the US.
- The 16th and 17th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution were adopted.
- The Federal Reserve System became law.
- Henry Ford developed the first moving assembly line.
- Average price of a house – $2,750
- Car – $946
- Milk – $0.13
- Gas – $0.11
- Bread – $0.06
- Stamp – $0.02
- Income – $730
- US population – 97,225,000
Furthermore, in 1913, the Olympic Committee stripped Jim Thorp of his Olympic medals. Grand Central Station opened in New York City. The Federal income tax was introduced. The Panama Canal was opened. And U.S. Marines seized the Mexican port city of Vera Cruz.
She has lived through WWI, WWII, the Korean War, Viet Nam, a number of interventions, Iraq, and Afghanistan. She’s seen incredible advancements in science, medicine, and technology. And unbelievable social, economic, and political change.
She is still going strong, living happily in an assisted-living facility in Augusta, Ga. What will the next 100 years bring?
Happy birthday Mrs. Vivian Bock.
Chief Command Pilot – Ted