Laurence Wollin Smith (1918 - 1979)

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Laurence Wollin Smith
1918 - 1979
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1918
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1979
Fitzroy, Australia
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Fitzroy, Australia
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Laurence Wollin Smith was born in 1918. He is the child of Charles Edwa Smith and Hannah Amanda Wollin Smith. He died in 1979 in Fitzroy, Australia at 61 years of age.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Laurence Wollin Smith passed away in 1979 in Fitzroy, Australia at age 61. He was born in 1918. He is the child of Charles Edwa Smith and Hannah Amanda Wollin Smith.

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In 1918, in the year that Laurence Wollin Smith was born, in January, President Wilson presented his Fourteen Points, which assured citizens that World War I was being fought for a moral cause and outlined a plan for postwar peace in Europe. The only leader of the Allies to present such a plan, the Europeans thought Wilson was being too idealistic. The points included free trade, open agreements, democracy and self-determination. They were based on the research and suggestions of 150 advisors.

In 1936, he was 18 years old when on November 3rd, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was reelected to a second term. He ran against Republican Governor Alf Landon (Kansas), defeating Landon in the popular vote by 60.8% to 36.5%. Vermont and Maine were the only two states in which Landon won. John Nance Garner IV became the Vice-President in this election.

In 1947, he was 29 years old when on November 25th, the Hollywood "Black List" was created by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). Ten Hollywood writers and directors had refused to testify to the Committee regarding "Communists" or "Reds" in the movie industry. The next day, the blacklist was created and they were fired.

In 1960, by the time he was 42 years old, on September 26th, the first televised debate for a Presidential campaign in the United States - Kennedy vs Nixon - was held. Seventy million people watched the debate on TV. The debate pre-empted the very popular Andy Griffith Show.

In 1979, in the year of Laurence Wollin Smith's passing, on March 28th, a partial nuclear meltdown occurred at the power plant at Three Mile Island Pennsylvania. Radiation leaked into the environment, resulting in a rating of 5 on a scale of 7 ("Accident With Wider Consequences") . It ended up costing $1 billion to clean up the site.

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