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Lee Gillis (1913 - 1999)

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Lee Gillis
1913 - 1999
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January 5, 1913
Death
August 19, 1999
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Greybull, Big Horn County, Wyoming 82426
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Lee Gillis was born on January 5, 1913. He died on August 19, 1999 at age 86. We know that Lee Gillis had been residing in Greybull, Big Horn County, Wyoming 82426.
Updated: November 8, 2011
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Lee Gillis passed away on August 19, 1999 at age 86. He was born on January 5, 1913. We have no information about Lee's family or relationships. We know that Lee Gillis had been residing in Greybull, Big Horn County, Wyoming 82426.
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In 1913, in the year that Lee Gillis was born, the 17th Amendment, establishing the direct election of U.S. Senators, was adopted. Previously, Senators were elected by state legislatures. As early as 1826, a call to elect senators through popular vote was championed and previous to the 17th amendment, two states had already changed their process. Governors are still able to appoint senators to vacant seats until an election can be held.

In 1928, he was merely 15 years old when Mickie Mouse was born! He first appeared in Disney's Steamboat Willie, along with Minnie. Although they were in two previous shorts, this was the first to be distributed. Steamboat Willie took advantage of the new technology and was a "talkie" - music was coordinated with the animation. It became the most popular cartoon of its day.

In 1942, when he was 29 years old, due to World War II, automobile production in the United States was stopped on February 1st. A tire rationing program had begun the month before. Detroit - the main hub of car manufacturing - was ordered to free up assembly lines for military production. The president of the Automobile Manufacturers Association said “The automotive industry is in this war all the way". Some dealerships had to close and others expanded their repair shops. The used car market boomed (as did a black market in used cars).

In 1958, Lee was 45 years old when on January 31st, Explorer I, the United States' answer to Sputnik I (and 2,) was launched. America had entered the Space Race. The first spacecraft to detect the Van Allen radiation belt, it remained in orbit until 1970.

In 1997, at the age of 84 years old, Lee was alive when on July 1st, Hong Kong was returned to China. In 1898, Great Britain was awarded Hong Kong for 99 years. In a subsequent agreement, China agreed to allow Hong Kong to remain capitalist. So the handing over of the area ended British rule but did not change the economic system of Hong Kong.

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