Joyce Marie (Swift) Lewis (1929 - 2004)

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Joyce Marie (Swift) Lewis
1929 - 2004
October 17, 1929
June 8, 2004
Hamden, Connecticut United States
Joyce Marie (Swift) Lewis was born on October 17, 1929. Her maiden name is Swift and she married into the Lewis family. She is the child of Raymond Swift and Emelia "Emily" J (Mierzewski) Swift. According to her family tree, she married George Whitney Lewis on July 7, 1951 in Hamden, Connecticut United States. They were married until Joyce's death in 2004. She died on June 8, 2004 in Hamden, Connecticut United States at age 74.
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Married: July 7, 1951 - 2004
Cause of Separation: Joyce's Death
Married at: Hamden, New Haven County, Connecticut United States
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Joyce Marie (Swift) Lewis passed away on June 8, 2004 in Hamden, Connecticut United States at age 74. She was born on October 17, 1929. She is the child of Raymond Swift and Emelia "Emily" J (Mierzewski) Swift. According to her family tree, she married George Whitney Lewis on July 7, 1951 in Hamden, Connecticut United States. They were married until Joyce's death in 2004.

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In 1929, in the year that Joyce Marie (Swift) Lewis was born, American Samoa officially became a U.S. territory. Although a part of the United States since 1900, the Ratification Act of 1929 vested "all civil, judicial, and military powers in the President of the United States of America".

In 1930, when she was only 1 year old, as head of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, William Hays established a code of decency that outlined what was acceptable in films. The public - and government - had felt that films in the '20's had become increasingly risque and that the behavior of its stars was becoming scandalous. Laws were being passed. In response, the heads of the movie studios adopted a voluntary "code", hoping to head off legislation. The first part of the code prohibited "lowering the moral standards of those who see it", called for depictions of the "correct standards of life", and forbade a picture from showing any sort of ridicule towards a law or "creating sympathy for its violation". The second part dealt with particular behavior in film such as homosexuality, the use of specific curse words, and miscegenation.

In 1965, Joyce was 36 years old when from August 11 to 16, riots broke out in Watts, a Black section of Los Angeles. An allegedly drunk African-American driver was stopped by LA police and, after a fight, police brutality was alleged - and the riots began. 34 people died in the rioting and over $40 million in property damage occurred. The National Guard was called in to help the LA police quell rioting.

In 1980, by the time she was 51 years old, on December 8th, ex-Beatle John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman in front of his home - the Dakota - in New York City. Chapman was found guilty of murder and still remains in jail.

In 1995, Joyce was 66 years old when on September 3rd, eBay was founded in San Jose California. Beginning as simply a place for Pierre Omidyar's girlfriend (now wife) to share her Pez passion and collection online, the site has become a multibillion-dollar business and operates in 30 countries.

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