Phillip Smibert (1916 - 1916)

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Phillip Smibert
1916 - 1916
July 10, 1916
East Melbourne, Victoria Australia
July 10, 1916
East Melbourne, Victoria Australia
Phillip Smibert was born on July 10, 1916 in East Melbourne, Victoria Australia. He is the child of Hubert Ivan Smibert and Esther (Phillips) Smibert. He died on July 10, 1916 in East Melbourne, Victoria Australia before his first birthday.
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Phillip Smibert passed away on July 10, 1916 in East Melbourne, Victoria Australia before his first birthday. He was born on July 10, 1916 in East Melbourne, Victoria Australia. He is the child of Hubert Ivan Smibert and Esther (Phillips) Smibert.
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In 1916, in the year that Phillip Smibert was born, suffragette Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman elected to the House of Representatives as a Representative at large from Montana. She was the first woman to hold an elected Federal office. Holding the office for two years, she ran again in 1940 and served another two year term. Montana had granted women unrestricted voting rights in 1914, 6 years before women got the vote nationally.

In 1917, at the age of merely 1 year old, Phillip was alive when on July 28, between ten and fifteen thousand blacks silently walked down New York City's Fifth Avenue to protest racial discrimination and violence. Lynchings in Waco Texas and hundreds of African-Americans killed in East St. Louis Illinois had sparked the protest. Picket signs said "Mother, do lynchers go to heaven?" "Mr. President, why not make America safe for democracy?" "Thou shalt not kill." "Pray for the Lady Macbeth's of East St. Louis" and "Give us a chance to live."

In 1920, he was just 4 years old when speakeasies replaced saloons as the center of social activity. After the 18th Amendment was ratified and selling alcohol became illegal, saloons closed and speakeasies took their place. Speakeasies, also called a blind pig or blind tiger, were "so called because of the practice of speaking quietly about such a place in public, or when inside it, so as not to alert the police or neighbors". There were a lot of them and they were very popular. And where saloons often prohibited women, they were encouraged at speakeasies because of the added profits.

In 1927, when he was just 11 years old, the first "talkie" (a movie with music, songs, and talking), The Jazz Singer, was released. Al Jolson starred as a cantor's son who instead of following in his father's footsteps as expected, becomes a singer of popular songs. Banished by his father, they reconcile on his father's deathbed. It was a tear-jerker and audiences went wild - especially when they heard the songs. Thus begun the demise of silent films and the rise of "talkies".

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