Colorado Woman Celebrates Being 110 Years Young
Can you imagine living to be 100 years old? How about 110? A Colorado woman recently celebrated her 110th birthday.
Meet Hazel Eikermann, a resident of the Lincoln Community Hospital in Hugo, Colorado. Hazel came to Colorado from Kansas after marrying her husband in 1933. To put that into perspective, 1933 is the same year construction began on the Golden Gate Bridge.
What did Hazel receive for her 110th birthday? According to KWGN Denver, she was treated to a helicopter ride over Genoa-Hugo school, where students and staff placed a giant "110" sign on the school's field.
What major events happened during Hazel's lifetime? Let's take a quick look. According to Wikipedia, Hazel was around to witness:
- 1908 - The Bureau of Investigation (later the FBI) was established
- 1908 - The Ford Model T appeared on the market
- 1909 - Robert Peary became the first person to reach the North Pole.
- 1912 - New Mexico was admitted to the Union, becoming the 47th.
- 1913 - The Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, establishing an income tax, was ratified
- 1914 - World War I: Austria-Hungary invaded the Kingdom of Serbia after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand; triggering the start of World War I.
- 1919 - World War I: The Treaty of Versailles ended the war.
- 1920 - Depression of 1920–21: A deflationary recession began in the United States.
- 1923 - The Equal Rights Amendment was first introduced in the Senate.
- 1941 - Attack on Pearl Harbor: The Empire of Japan deliberately attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Sinking six U.S. ships, including the USS Arizona, and destroying 188 aircraft, the attack on Pearl Harbor resulted in the deaths of 2,402 American citizens and leaving 1,178 wounded.
- 1950 - Korean War: The North Korean military began the Communist lead invasion of South Korea.
- 1955 - The Civil Rights Movement began.
- 1959 - Alaska was admitted to the Union, becoming the 49th state.
- 1962 - John Glenn orbited the Earth.
- 1964 - British Invasion: The Beatles arrived in the United States.
- 1965 - Operation Rolling Thunder began in the Vietnam War.
- 1966 - The feminist group the National Organization for Women (NOW) was formed
- 1969 - Apollo 11: Americans astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins became the first men to land on the moon, with Armstrong becoming the first man to walk on the moon's surface.
- 1977 - Star Wars is released to theaters.
- 1986 - Space Shuttle Challenger disaster: The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded.
- 1989 - The United States Department of Veterans Affairs was established.
- 1995 - Oklahoma City bombing: A truck-bomb explosion outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building killed 168 people including 19 children under the age of 6 and injured over 680 others in the blast.
- 2001 - September 11 terrorist attacks
- 2008 - Hurricane Ike: A hurricane killed 100 people along the Texas coast, producing $31 billion in damage and contributing to rising oil prices.
- 2010 - The United States Navy lifted its ban on women in submarines.
Happy birthday, Hazel. You've seen a lot. Here's looking forward to your 111th birthday.