Kenneth Smith (1905 - 1978)

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Kenneth Smith
1905 - 1978
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December 12, 1905
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April 1978
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Lakewood, Pierce County, Washington 98499
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Kenneth Smith was born on December 12, 1905. He died in April 1978 at age 72. We know that Kenneth Smith had been residing in Lakewood, Pierce County, Washington 98499.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Kenneth Smith passed away in April 1978 at age 72. He was born on December 12, 1905. We are unaware of information about Kenneth's surviving family. We know that Kenneth Smith had been residing in Lakewood, Pierce County, Washington 98499.

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In 1905, in the year that Kenneth Smith was born, the German born physicist, Albert Einstein, proposed the Special Theory of Relativity: 1) that observers can never detect uniform motion except relative to other objects and that 2) unlike the velocity of massive objects, the speed of light is a constant and is the same for all observers independent of their constant velocity toward or away from the light source. Not such simple concepts that lead to the equation everyone now knows: E = mc2.

In 1914, he was only 9 years old when in August, the Panama Canal opened to traffic. Begun by the French in the 1880's and abandoned, the United States undertook further construction in 1904. After 10 years, and the elimination of malaria carrying mosquitoes (which caused immense delays for the French and the Americans), the 48 mile long artificial waterway - a series of locks - created a shortcut for ships traveling between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

In 1959, he was 54 years old 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 1964, when he was 59 years old, on February 9th, the Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show. 73 million people watched - although the Beatles couldn't be heard because of the loud screaming of the female teenage audience.

In 1978, in the year of Kenneth Smith's passing, 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.

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