11 Highlights of 1907


The first electric washing machine was released in 1907.
The first electric washing machine was released in 1907.
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In 1907, Americans had a life expectancy of just 45.6 year­s for men and 49.9 for women. Even worse, this was the year that typhoid, an abdomi­nal disease spread through water and food supplies, ravaged the nation.

­But alas! Public health officials disc­overed that 47 people stricken with the disease were all from families that employed a cook named Mary. With "Typhoid Mary" safely quarantined, these were the highlights of that year.

Read about more surprising highlights from 1907 on the next page.

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