Louisa Smith (1884 - 1959)

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Louisa Smith
1884 - 1959
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1884
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1959
St Kilda, Australia
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St Kilda, Australia
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Louisa Smith was born in 1884. She was born to Newman Levi Smith and Elizabeth Philpot Smith. She died in 1959 in St Kilda, Australia at age 75.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Louisa Smith died in 1959 in St Kilda, Australia at 75 years of age. She was born in 1884. She was born to Newman Levi Smith and Elizabeth Philpot Smith.

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In 1884, in the year that Louisa Smith was born, on December 6th, the Washington Monument was completed. Building began in 1848 but was stopped because of lack of funds and also due to the Civil War. It would be dedicated in 1885. At the time of its completion, it was the tallest structure in the world.

In 1903, by the time she was 19 years old, the first World Series of American baseball was played between October 1st and 13th. The Boston Americans of the American League played the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League. Boston came back from a three game to one deficit, winning the final four games to capture the title - such a large comeback wouldn't be repeated by a team until 1925. (A total of eight games were played.)

In 1915, Louisa was 31 years old when The Birth of a Nation opened in February. A silent film, it was the most ambitious film to date and is considered a classic. Three hours long, it starred Lillian Gish and was directed by D. W. Griffith. The movie was based on the book The Clansman and told the story of two families (one pro-Union and one pro-Confederate) and their relationship during the Civil War and Reconstruction. The KKK was shown as "a heroic force".

In 1946, when she was 62 years old, pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock's book "The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care" was published. It sold half a million copies in the first six months. Aside from the Bible, it became the best selling book of the 20th century. A generation of Baby Boomers were raised by the advice of Dr. Spock.

In 1959, in the year of Louisa Smith's passing, on January 3rd, Alaska became the 49th state of the United States and the first state not a part of the contiguous United States. The flag was changed to display 49 stars.

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