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Charles R Smith (1876 - 1967)

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Charles R Smith
1876 - 1967
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June 1, 1876
Death
January 15, 1967
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Modesto, Stanislaus County, California 95351
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Charles R Smith was born on June 1, 1876. He died on January 15, 1967 at 90 years of age. We know that Charles R Smith had been residing in Modesto, Stanislaus County, California 95351.
Updated: November 11, 2011
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Charles R Smith passed away on January 15, 1967 at 90 years old. He was born on June 1, 1876. There is no information about Charles' immediate family. We know that Charles R Smith had been residing in Modesto, Stanislaus County, California 95351.
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In 1876, in the year that Charles R Smith was born, on July 4th, the United States celebrated its centennial. There were parades, music, speeches and fireworks - even in Union Square in New York City. Suffragettes also marched for equal rights and the vote for women.

In 1884, at the age of only 8 years old, Charles was alive when on May 1st, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions - a US association - first resolved that "eight hours shall constitute a legal day's labour from and after May 1, 1886, and that we recommend to labour organisations throughout this jurisdiction that they so direct their laws as to conform to this resolution by the time named." Previously, workdays would consist of 10 to 16 hours a day - 6 days a week. It would take years before the 8 hour workday became common practice - and longer before it became a law.

In 1897, he was 21 years old when in the January 22nd issue of "Engineering", the word "computer" was first used to refer to a mechanical calculation device. Previously - since the 17th century - the term computer meant "one who computes" and referred to human beings who worked with numbers.

In 1957, Charles was 81 years old when on October 4th, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the first man made earth-orbiting satellite - and triggered the Space Race. Sputnik I was only 23 inches in diameter and had no tracking equipment, only 4 antennas, but it had a big impact.

In 1967, in the year of Charles R Smith's passing, on November 7th, President Johnson signed legislation passed by Congress that created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which would later become PBS and NPR. The legislation required CPB to operate with a "strict adherence to objectivity and balance in all programs or series of programs of a controversial nature".

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