Jesse Smedley (1905 - 1980)

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Jesse Smedley
1905 - 1980
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December 10, 1905
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November 1980
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Lagrange, Troup County, Georgia 30240
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Jesse Smedley was born on December 10, 1905. Jesse died in November 1980 at age 74. We know that Jesse Smedley had been residing in Lagrange, Troup County, Georgia 30240.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Jesse Smedley passed away in November 1980 at age 74. Jesse was born on December 10, 1905. We are unaware of information about Jesse's surviving family. We know that Jesse Smedley had been residing in Lagrange, Troup County, Georgia 30240.

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In 1905, in the year that Jesse Smedley 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 1946, when this person was 41 years old, on July 4th, the Philippines gained independence from the United States. In 1964, Independence Day in the Philippines was moved from July 4th to June 12th at the insistence of nationalists and historians.

In 1955, when this person was 50 years old, in January, President Eisenhower sent direct aid to South Vietnam. In February, U.S. advisors were sent to train troops.

In 1962, this person was 57 years old when on February 20th, Lt. Col. John H. Glenn, Jr. became the first American to orbit the Earth. The Friendship 7 flew three times around the earth in 4 hours and 55 minutes. At age 77, Glenn returned to space - the oldest person to fly in space.

In 1980, in the year of Jesse Smedley's passing, on April 24th, a rescue attempt was begun in the Iranian Hostage Crisis. The attempt failed and 8 US servicemen were killed. Eight helicopters had been sent for the mission, but only 5 arrived in operating condition., Since the military had advised that the mission be aborted if there were fewer than 6 helicopters, President Carter stopped it. Upon leaving, a helicopter collided with a transport plane and the men were killed.

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