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Leo Smolinski (1896 - 1975)

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Leo Smolinski
1896 - 1975
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June 25, 1896
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October 1975
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Zephyrhills, Pasco County, Florida 33540
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Leo Smolinski was born on June 25, 1896. He died in October 1975 at 79 years old. We know that Leo Smolinski had been residing in Zephyrhills, Pasco County, Florida 33540.
Updated: November 3, 2011
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Leo Smolinski passed away in October 1975 at age 79. He was born on June 25, 1896. We are unaware of information about Leo's surviving family. We know that Leo Smolinski had been residing in Zephyrhills, Pasco County, Florida 33540.
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In 1896, in the year that Leo Smolinski was born, on May 18th, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in the case of Plessy v. Ferguson. By a vote of 7 to 1, the Court upheld state racial segregation laws, introducing the idea of "separate but equal" facilities for races.

In 1900, he was only 4 years old when the U.S. helped put down Boxer Rebellion. The Boxer Rebellion took place in China, where the presence of "outsiders" (foreigners) was resented. The United States, along with Austria-Hungary, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, and Russia, had business interests in China and these countries all sent troops to put down the Rebellion and keep China open to their presence and to Christian missionaries.

In 1913, Leo was 17 years old when Woodrow Wilson became the 28th President of the United States in March. Previously the Governor of New Jersey and President of Princeton University, he was the first Southerner to serve as President since Zachary Taylor, over 60 years previous. A Democrat, he led the U.S. during World War I and championed the League of Nations.

In 1948, at the age of 52 years old, Leo was alive when on January 30th, Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated in New Delhi by a member of a Hindu nationalist party who thought that Gandhi was too accommodating to Muslims. The man, Nathuram Godse, shot Gandhi 3 times. He died immediately. The shooter was tried, convicted, and hung in November 1949.

In 1975, in the year of Leo Smolinski's passing, in January, Popular Mechanics featured the Altair 8800 on it's cover. The Altair home computer kit allowed consumers to build and program their own personal computers. Thousands were sold in the first month.

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