Onella Smith (1916 - 2007)

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Onella Smith
1916 - 2007
February 28, 1916
January 15, 2007
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Chicago, Cook County, Illinois 60624
Onella Smith was born on February 28, 1916. Onella died on January 15, 2007 at age 90. We know that Onella Smith had been residing in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois 60624.
Updated: November 2, 2011
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Onella Smith passed away on January 15, 2007 at 90 years old. Onella was born on February 28, 1916. There is no information about Onella's immediate family. We know that Onella Smith had been residing in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois 60624.
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In 1916, in the year that Onella Smith was born, in June, the U.S. Congress authorized a plan to expand the armed forces over the next five years. Called the National Defense Act of 1916, the national law expanded the National Guard and Army (the Army added an aviation unit), created the Reserves, and gave the President expanded authority to federalize the National Guard. It also allowed the government to stockpile, in advance, materiel to be used in wartime.

In 1928, when this person was just 12 years old, 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, Onella was 21 years old when on May 28th, the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge opened to cars. Taking 5 years to build, the 4,200-foot-long suspension bridge was an engineering marvel of its time - 11 men died during construction. The "international orange" color was chosen because it resisted rust and fading. To the present, it is the symbol of the City that is known throughout the world.

In 1961, when this person was 45 years old, on April 17th, about 1,000 CIA trained Cuban exiles invaded Cuba with the intention of igniting a rebellion and overthrowing Castro. They were defeated within three days. Although the operation began under Eisenhower, Kennedy approved it and the operation, named the Bay of Pigs for the beach where they landed, was a humiliation for the United States.

In 1986, at the age of 70 years old, Onella was alive when on September 8th, the Oprah Winfrey Show went into national syndication. A popular talk show, it was number 1 in the ratings since its debut. The last show aired on May 25, 2011.

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