Lilias Smith (1884 - 1959)

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Lilias Smith
1884 - 1959
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1884
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1959
Arma, Australia
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Arma, Australia
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Lilias Smith was born in 1884. She was born to Wadley Joseph Smith and Susannah Buckley Smith. She died in 1959 in Arma, Australia at age 75.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Lilias Smith passed away in 1959 in Arma, Australia at age 75. She was born in 1884. She was born to Wadley Joseph Smith and Susannah Buckley Smith.

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In 1884, in the year that Lilias Smith was born, on May 1st, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions - a US association - first resolved that "eight hours shall constitute a legal day's labour from and after May 1, 1886, and that we recommend to labour organisations throughout this jurisdiction that they so direct their laws as to conform to this resolution by the time named." Previously, workdays would consist of 10 to 16 hours a day - 6 days a week. It would take years before the 8 hour workday became common practice - and longer before it became a law.

In 1928, she was 44 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 1937, she was 53 years old when 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 1942, Lilias was 58 years old when on November 28th at 10:15p, a nightclub in Boston, the Cocoanut Grove, caught fire. The origins of the fire are unknown but it killed 492 people - the deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history. Hundreds more were injured. The disaster was so shocking that it replaced World War II in the headlines and lead to reforms in safety standards and codes.

In 1959, in the year of Lilias Smith's passing, on August 8th, Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States. The US flag was changed to show 50 stars.

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