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1940

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  • January 31 - Ida May Fuller became the first person to receive an old-age monthly benefit check under the new Social Security law. She paid in $24.75 between 1937 and 1939 on an income of $2,484. Her first check, dated January 31, was for $22.54. [1]
  • June 25 - William Kroll is awarded U.S. Patent #2,205,854 for a method for manufacturing titanium and titanium alloys. Titanium is used in artificial joints and light-weight wheelchairs. [2] [3]


Births

  • July 5 - Famed American photorealist, Chuck Close, is born in Monroe, Washington. Close was dyslexic and had problems recognizing faces. Ironically, he is most known for his self-portraits. [4]


Deaths

  • March 11 - Arthur W. Aleshire - American politician. A U.S. Representative from Ohio, Aleshire lost the use of his legs in an accident and operated a filling station and grocery store before being elected to Congress.[5]


References

  1. Chronology:1940's. Social Security Online:Special Collections. Accessed on January 31, 2008.
  2. William Kroll. National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. Accessed March 7, 2008.
  3. Method for Manufacturing Titanium and Titanium Alloys. U.S. Patent #2,205,854.
  4. "Interview with Chuck Close". Conducted by Judd Tully. Smithsonian Archives of American Art. May 14, 1987. Accessed on February 5, 2008.
  5. "ALESHIRE, Arthur William, (1900 - 1940)." Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. U.S. Senate Historical Office. Accessed on March 21, 2008.