Bettye W Smith (1935 - 2010)

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Gonzales, Ascension County, Louisiana

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1935 - In the year that Bettye W Smith was born, on September 8th, Louisiana Senator Huey Long was shot by Dr. Carl Weiss. Weiss was shot and killed immediately by Long's bodyguards - Long died two days later from his injuries. Long had received many death threats previously, as well as threats against his family. He was a powerful and controversial figure in Louisiana politics (and probably gained power through multiple criminal acts). His opponents became frustrated with their attempts to oust him and Dr. Weiss was the son-in-law of one of those opponents. His funeral was attended by 200,000 mourners.

1959 - When she was 24 years old, on January 3rd, Alaska became the 49th state of the United States and the first state not a part of the contiguous United States. The flag was changed to display 49 stars.

1970 - When she was 35 years old, on May 1st, US troops invaded Cambodia, expanding the Vietnam War. The invasion of Cambodia was a Nixon policy, although it was argued against by both his Secretary of State and his Secretary of Defense.

1986 - When she was 51 years old, on January 28th, the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after launch. All seven crew members died. The cause of the explosion was later found to be a failed O-ring. The O-ring failure was due to the unusually cold conditions at Cape Canaveral.

1987 - She was 52 years old when was the first time that a criminal in the United States - a serial rapist - was convicted through the use of DNA evidence.

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Bettye W Smith passed away on May 14, 2010 at 75 years old. No cause of death has been entered. She was born on March 16, 1935. There is no information about Bettye's surviving family. We know that Bettye W Smith had been residing in Gonzales, Ascension County, Louisiana.

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