Dorothy Smedley (1901 - 1988)

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Dorothy Smedley
1901 - 1988
August 26, 1901
March 4, 1988
Last Known Residence
Sheridan, Sheridan County, Wyoming 82801
Dorothy Smedley of Sheridan, Sheridan County, Wyoming was born on August 26, 1901, and died at age 86 years old on March 4, 1988.
Updated: October 1, 2011

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Dorothy Smedley passed away at age 86 years old on March 4, 1988. Dorothy Smedley of Sheridan, Sheridan County, Wyoming was born on August 26, 1901.

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Dorothy Smedley lived 15 years longer than the average Smedley family member when she died at the age of 86.
The average age of a Smedley family member is 71.

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In 1901, in the year that Dorothy Smedley was born, shortly after beginning his second term, President McKinley was assassinated by the self proclaimed anarchist Leon Czolgosz. The last President to have served in the Civil War - he began as a private and ended the war as a brevet major - McKinley was a Republican. First elected in 1896, he was re-elected in 1900. Six months after the swearing in, McKinley was shot - and died of the gangrene that set in as a result.

In 1918, Dorothy was 17 years old when following European countries, Daylight Saving Time went into effect in the United States in March. It was an effort to conserve fuel needed to produce electric power. This was a war effort and proved unpopular so in most areas of the United States, Daylight Saving Time ended after World War I. It returned during World War II.

In 1950, by the time she was 49 years old, on October 2, Charlie Brown appeared in the first Peanuts comic strip - created by Charles Schultz - and he was the only character in that strip. That year, Schultz said that Charlie was 4 years old, but Charlie aged a bit through the years.

In 1970, when she was 69 years old, on May 4th, four students at Kent State University in Ohio were shot and killed by National Guardsmen. The students were at a peaceful demonstration protesting the invasion of Cambodia by US forces. There had been precedent for the killing of American college students. The previous year, on May 15th, Alameda County Sheriffs used shotguns against U.C. Berkeley students at a protest for People's Park. One student died, one was blinded, 128 were injured.

In 1988, in the year of Dorothy Smedley'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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