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Leroy Smith (1909 - 1985)

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Leroy Smith
1909 - 1985
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November 26, 1909
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June 1985
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Des Plaines, Cook County, Illinois 60016
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Leroy Smith was born on November 26, 1909. He died in June 1985 at 75 years of age. We know that Leroy Smith had been residing in Des Plaines, Cook County, Illinois 60016.
Updated: November 2, 2011
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Leroy Smith died in June 1985 at age 75. He was born on November 26, 1909. There is no information about Leroy's family. We know that Leroy Smith had been residing in Des Plaines, Cook County, Illinois 60016.
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In 1909, in the year that Leroy Smith was born, explorer Robert Peary, a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, claimed to have been the first to have reached the geographic North Pole. His claim has been disputed for over a century - some say that he ended up 60 miles from the North Pole. Peary was the only navigator on his team and he didn't submit his records for public review.

In 1937, by the time he was 28 years old, on May 6th, the German zeppelin the Hindenburg caught fire and blew up. The Hindenburg was a passenger ship traveling to Frankfurt Germany. It tried to dock in New Jersey, one of the stops, and something went wrong - it blew up. Thirty-six people were killed out of the 97 on board - 13 passengers, 22 crewmen, and one ground worker. The reasons for the explosion are still disputed.

In 1945, when he was 36 years old, on August 15th, Imperial Japan announced its surrender. On September 2nd, a formal agreement of surrender was signed. Japan and nine other states signed the Japanese Instrument of Surrender in Tokyo Bay, calling for the return of all Allied prisoners of war and subordinating the authority of the emperor and the Japanese government to the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers. VJ (Victory in Japan) Day was celebrated in the United States on August 14th and 15th. World War II was over.

In 1976, Leroy was 67 years old when on August 4th, a mysterious illness struck an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Within a week, 25 people had died and 130 people had been hospitalized. It was the first known instance of what came to be called "Legionnaires Disease."

In 1985, in the year of Leroy Smith's passing, in May, a paper published in Nature by three British scientists reported that a huge hole was discovered in the ozone layer over the Antarctic. It was much larger than expected and is due to the use of manmade chemicals.

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