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Bessie P Smith (1899 - 1995)

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Bessie P Smith
1899 - 1995
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August 15, 1899
Death
July 31, 1995
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Deltona, Volusia County, Florida 32725
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Bessie P Smith was born on August 15, 1899. She died on July 31, 1995 at age 95. We know that Bessie P Smith had been residing in Deltona, Volusia County, Florida 32725.
Updated: November 1, 2011
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Bessie P Smith passed away on July 31, 1995 at 95 years of age. She was born on August 15, 1899. There is no information about Bessie's family. We know that Bessie P Smith had been residing in Deltona, Volusia County, Florida 32725.
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In 1899, in the year that Bessie P Smith was born, on February 4th, the Philippine–American War began. The Philippines objected to the Treaty of Paris, signed in 1898, that transferred possession of the Philippines from Spain to the U.S. Filipinos began a fight for independence and fighting between U.S. forces and those of the Philippine Republic broke out. On June 2nd, the Philippines officially declared war on the United States.

In 1908, by the time she was just 9 years old, a 7.1 earthquake and the resulting tsunami killed 70,000 to 100,000 people in southern Italy and Sicily. The earthquake, lasting 30 to 40 seconds, occurred in the Strait of Messina which was between the region of Calabria (at the "toe" of Italy) and the island of Sicily and destruction from it occurred in a 186 mile radius. It was the most destructive earthquake ever to hit Europe.

In 1935, she was 36 years old when the BOI's name (the Bureau of Investigation) was changed to the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and it officially became a separate agency with the Department of Justice. J. Edgar Hoover, the Chief of the BOI, continued in his office and became the first Director of the FBI. The FBI's responsibility is to "detect and prosecute crimes against the United States".

In 1985, when she was 86 years old, on March 7th, the song "We Are the World" was released as a charity effort to alleviate the African famine. The song was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, and produced by Quincy Jones. They were joined by 37 other famous singers in the recording studio and a phenomena had begun

In 1995, in the year of Bessie P Smith's passing, on September 3rd, eBay was founded in San Jose California. Beginning as simply a place for Pierre Omidyar's girlfriend (now wife) to share her Pez passion and collection online, the site has become a multibillion-dollar business and operates in 30 countries.

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