Dallas Smith (1905 - 1988)

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Dallas Smith
1905 - 1988
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August 5, 1905
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October 7, 1988
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West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida 33404
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Dallas Smith was born on August 5, 1905. He died on October 7, 1988 at 83 years old. We know that Dallas Smith had been residing in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida 33404.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Dallas Smith passed away on October 7, 1988 at 83 years of age. He was born on August 5, 1905. We are unaware of information about Dallas's immediate family. We know that Dallas Smith had been residing in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida 33404.

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In 1905, in the year that Dallas Smith was born, the Niagara Falls conference was held in Fort Erie, Ontario. Led by W.E.B. Du Bois and William Monroe Trotter, a group of African-American men met in opposition to racial segregation and disenfranchisement. Booker T. Washington had been calling for policies of accommodation and conciliation and these two men, along with the others who attended the conference, felt that this was accomplishing nothing. The group was the precursor to the NAACP.

In 1913, he was merely 8 years old when the 17th Amendment, establishing the direct election of U.S. Senators, was adopted. Previously, Senators were elected by state legislatures. As early as 1826, a call to elect senators through popular vote was championed and previous to the 17th amendment, two states had already changed their process. Governors are still able to appoint senators to vacant seats until an election can be held.

In 1943, at the age of 38 years old, Dallas was alive when on September 3rd, the Armistice of Cassibile was signed in Sicily. Under the terms of the Armistice, Italy surrendered to the Allied Powers. After the Armistice was made public on September 8th, Germany attacked and occupied Italy. It took 20 months of fighting for the Allies to reach the northern borders of Italy.

In 1955, at the age of 50 years old, Dallas was alive when on September 10th the TV show "Gunsmoke" debuted on CBS. It went on to be television's longest-running western. Matt Dillon, Chester, Doc Adams, and Miss Kitty became household names.

In 1988, in the year of Dallas Smith's passing, on December 16th, 1988 the popular film Rain Man was released. Featuring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. this film brought attention to autistic savants and was based on the "megasavant" Laurence Kim Peek. The film would later go to win four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and Best Actor in a Leading Role.

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