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Claude Smedley (1905 - 1964)

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Claude Smedley
1905 - 1964
Born
January 29, 1905
Death
September 1964
Last Known Residence
Michigan
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Claude Smedley of Michigan was born on January 29, 1905, and died at age 59 years old in September 1964.
Updated: October 3, 2011
Biography ID: 4220695

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Claude Smedley passed away at age 59 years old in September 1964. Claude Smedley of Michigan was born on January 29, 1905.

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Claude Smedley lived 12 years shorter than the average Smedley family member when he died at the age of 59.
The average age of a Smedley family member is 71.
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1905 - 1964 World Events

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In 1905, in the year that Claude Smedley was born, federal spending was $0.57 billion, unemployment was 4.3%, and the cost of a first-class stamp was $0.02. Current U.S. government spending is $4.268 trillion.

In 1924, when he was 19 years old, in May, wealthy college students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb kidnapped and killed 14 year old Robert Franks "in the interest of science". Leopold and Loeb thought that they were intellectually superior and that they could commit the perfect crime and not be caught. They were brought in for questioning within 8 days and quickly confessed. Clarence Darrow was hired as their defense lawyer, getting them life imprisonment instead of a death sentence. Loeb was eventually killed in prison - Leopold was released after 33 years, dying of a heart attack at age 66.

In 1949, Claude was 44 years old when comedian Milton Berle hosted the first telethon show. It raised $1,100,000 for cancer research and lasted 16 hours. The next day, newspapers, in writing about the event, first used the word "telethon."

In 1959, when he was 54 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.

In 1964, in the year of Claude Smedley's passing, in June, three young civil rights workers - Andrew Goodman and Mickey Schwerner from New York City, and James Chaney from Meridian, Mississippi - were kidnapped and murdered in Mississippi. Working with "Freedom Summer", they were registering African-Americans to vote in the Southern states. Their bodies were found two months later. Although it was discovered that the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, the Neshoba County Sheriff's Office and the Philadelphia, Mississippi Police Department were involved, only 7 men were convicted and served less than six years.

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