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Donald Ray Smith (1946 - 2012)

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Donald Ray Smith
1946 - 2012
Born
August 26, 1946
Hayti, Pemiscot County, Missouri United States 63851
Death
March 9, 2012
Mammoth Spring, Fulton County, Arkansas United States 72554
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Donald Ray Smith was born on August 26, 1946 in Hayti, Missouri United States. He is the child of Margaret Francis Marie (Gaskins) Repke and John D Repke, with siblings Patricia, Edward, and Francine. He died on March 9, 2012 in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas United States at 65 years old.
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Donald Ray Smith died on March 9, 2012 in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas United States at 65 years old. He was born on August 26, 1946 in Hayti, Missouri United States. He is the child of Margaret Francis Marie (Gaskins) Repke and John D Repke, with siblings Patricia, Edward, and Francine.
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In 1946, in the year that Donald Ray Smith was born, pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock's book "The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care" was published. It sold half a million copies in the first six months. Aside from the Bible, it became the best selling book of the 20th century. A generation of Baby Boomers were raised by the advice of Dr. Spock.

In 1953, he was merely 7 years old when on January 20th, Dwight D. Eisenhower became the 34th President of the United States. Formerly the 1st Supreme Allied Commander Europe in World War II, Eisenhower had never previously held a political office.

In 1968, by the time he was 22 years old, on April 4th, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights leader, was shot and killed by an assassin in Memphis. James Earl Ray was apprehended and plead guilty to shooting Dr. King. Ray died in jail in 1998.

In 1978, Donald was 32 years old when on November 18th, Jim Jones's Peoples Temple followers committed mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana - where they had moved, from San Francisco, as a group. Jones was the leader of the cult and ordered his followers to drink cyanide-laced punch, which they did. Whole families (women and children included) died - more than 900 people in all.

In 1987, Donald was 41 years old when on October 19th, stock exchanges around the world crashed. Beginning in Hong Kong then spreading to Europe, the crash then hit the United States. It was called Black Monday. The Dow Jones fell 508 points to 1,738.74 (22.61%).

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