Jesse E Smedley (1903 - 2006)

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Jesse E Smedley
1903 - 2006
May 30, 1903
April 17, 2006
Last Known Residence
West Liberty, Morgan County, Kentucky 41472
Jesse E Smedley of West Liberty, Morgan County, Kentucky was born on May 30, 1903, and died at age 102 years old on April 17, 2006.
Updated: February 11, 2021
Biography ID: 477616

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Jesse Smedley passed away at age 102 years old on April 17, 2006. Jesse E Smedley of West Liberty, Morgan County, Kentucky was born on May 30, 1903.

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Jesse E Smedley lived 31 years longer than the average Smedley family member when they died at the age of 102.
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In 1903, in the year that Jesse E Smedley was born, the United States Department of Commerce and Labor was created by President Theodore Roosevelt to control the excesses of big business. Renamed the Department of Commerce 10 years later, many departments concerned with workers were transferred to the Department of Labor at that time. Another spin-off, the Bureau of Corporations, became the Federal Trade Commission.

In 1911, when this person was just 8 years old, the first Indianapolis 500 was run in May. Ray Harroun was the winner - he was an engineer and had retired from racing but he came back for this race. After the race, he retired for good. The purse was $27,550 - the largest offered up to that time - and Harroun received $10,000 for first place. His average time was 74.602 mph.

In 1942, this person was 39 years old when on June 17th, Roosevelt approved the Manhattan Project, which lead to the development of the first atomic bomb. With the support of Canada and the United Kingdom, the Project came to employ more than 130,000 people and cost nearly $2 billion. Julius Robert Oppenheimer, a nuclear physicist born in New York, led the Los Alamos Laboratory that developed the actual bomb. The first artificial nuclear explosion took place near Alamogordo New Mexico on July 16, 1945.

In 1959, at the age of 56 years old, Jesse was alive when 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 1991, Jesse was 88 years old when on November 7th, legendary basketball player Magic Johnson announced that he had HIV. In 1991, the public was confused about the difference between HIV and AIDS (HIV is a virus that can lead to AIDS) and there was little treatment for either. Most thought that Johnson would die within a year or so. Also, the transmission of AIDS wasn't understood so he had to retire from basketball. Magic Johnson is still alive and well.

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