Maria Taormina

20 January 1917–23 April 1987 (Age 70)
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Maria

When Maria Taormina was born on 20 January 1917, in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Ignazio Taormina, was 38 and her mother, Augustina Di Blasi, was 28. She died on 23 April 1987, in San Bernardino, California, United States, at the age of 70.

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Walter Lewis Hickey
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World Events (8)

1918 · Attempting to Stop the War

Age 1

To end World War I, President Wilson created a list of principles to be used as negotiations for peace among the nations. Known as The Fourteen Points, the principles were outlined in a speech on war aimed toward the idea of peace but most of the Allied forces were skeptical of this Wilsonian idealism.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 17

Alcatraz Island officially became Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on August 11, 1934. The island is situated in the middle of frigid water and strong currents of the San Francisco Bay, which deemed it virtually inescapable. Alcatraz became known as the toughest prison in America and was seen as a “last resort prison.” Therefore, Alcatraz housed some of America’s most notorious prisoners such as Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud. Due to the exorbitant cost of running the prison, and the deterioration of the buildings due to salt spray, Alcatraz Island closed as a penitentiary on March 21, 1963. 
1937 · The Neutrality Act

Age 20

The Neutrality Acts were passed in response to the growing conflicts in Europe and Asia during the time leading up to World War II. The primary purpose was so the US wouldn't engage in any more foreign conflicts. Most of the Acts were repealed in 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

Italian (Sicily): habitational name from Taormina in the region of Messina.

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

Sources (3)

  • Mary Taormina in household of Ignazio Taormina, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Mary Hickey in entry for Tuddy Brignac, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"
  • Maria Taorimino, "Massachusetts, State Vital Records, 1841-1920"

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