Bessie Smith

(1913 - 1976)

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Bessie Smith
1913 - 1976
Born
June 5, 1913
Death
July 1976
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Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida 33179
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Bessie Smith was born on June 5, 1913. She died in July 1976 at age 63. We know that Bessie Smith had been residing in Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida 33179.
Updated: February 06, 2019
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Bessie Smith passed away in July 1976 at 63 years old. She was born on June 5, 1913. There is no information about Bessie's family or relationships. We know that Bessie Smith had been residing in Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida 33179.

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In 1913, in the year that Bessie Smith was born, the Philippine–American War ended for good in June. While the official end of the war was in 1902, fighting continued for several years. An estimated 200,000 to 250,000 total Filipino civilians died and although the U.S. viewed its role as a colonial presence as one of preparing the Philippines for independence, American colonization drastically changed the character off the culture. The Catholic Church was no longer the state religion and English became the primary language of the government.

In 1945, she was 32 years old when on April 12th, President Roosevelt died of natural causes and Harry S. Truman, his Vice-President, became the 33rd President of the United States.

In 1956, by the time she was 43 years old, this was the year that the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, became an international sensation. He began the year as a regional favorite and ended the year with 17 recordings having been on the Billboard’s Top 100 singles chart, 11 TV appearances, and a movie. Elvis scandalized adults and thrilled teens.

In 1967, by the time she was 54 years old, on October 2nd, Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first black US Supreme Court justice. Marshall was the great-grandson of a slave and graduated first in his class at Howard University Law School. His nomination to the Supreme Court was approved by the Senate, 69 to 11.

In 1976, in the year of Bessie Smith's passing, on August 4th, a mysterious illness struck an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Within a week, 25 people had died and 130 people had been hospitalized. It was the first known instance of what came to be called "Legionnaires Disease."

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