Shirley Knight

31 July 1930–1 April 2002 (Age 71)
Rhode Island, United States

The Life of Shirley

Shirley Knight was born on 31 July 1930, in Rhode Island, United States. She died on 1 April 2002, in her hometown, at the age of 71.

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World Events (3)

1931

Age 1

The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the national anthem.
1932

Age 2

Amelia Earhart completes first solo nonstop transatlantic flight by a woman.
1969 · Newport Bridge Opens

Age 39

The Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge is opened to the public on June 28, 1969, and is a suspension bridge that spans the East passage of the Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island. It connects the city of Newport on Aquidneck Island to the Town of Jamestown on Connecticut Island and is named after the US Senator Claiborne Pell who lives in Newport. The total length of the bridge is 11,248 feet (or just over two miles!) You can see the Newport Bridge on the back of the Rhode Island US State Quarter.

Name Meaning

1 English: status name from Middle English knyghte ‘knight’, Old English cniht ‘boy’, ‘youth’, ‘serving lad’. This word was used as a personal name before the Norman Conquest, and the surname may in part reflect a survival of this. It is also possible that in a few cases it represents a survival of the Old English sense into Middle English, as an occupational name for a domestic servant. In most cases, however, it clearly comes from the more exalted sense that the word achieved in the Middle Ages. In the feudal system introduced by the Normans the word was applied at first to a tenant bound to serve his lord as a mounted soldier. Hence it came to denote a man of some substance, since maintaining horses and armor was an expensive business. As feudal obligations became increasingly converted to monetary payments, the term lost its precise significance and came to denote an honorable estate conferred by the king on men of noble birth who had served him well. Knights in this last sense normally belonged to ancient noble families with distinguished family names of their own, so that the surname is more likely to have been applied to a servant in a knightly house or to someone who had played the part of a knight in a pageant or won the title in some contest of skill.2 Irish: part translation of Gaelic Mac an Ridire ‘son of the rider or knight’. See also McKnight .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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