Ray Smith (1897 - 1976)

Ray Smith
1897 - 1976
updated February 06, 2019
Ray Smith was born on October 9, 1897. He died in January 1976 at age 78. We know that Ray Smith had been residing in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri 64130.


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Ray Smith passed away in January 1976 at 78 years of age. He was born on October 9, 1897. We are unaware of information about Ray's family. We know that Ray Smith had been residing in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri 64130.
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In 1897, in the year that Ray Smith was born, on July 17th, the Klondike Gold Rush began when the first successful prospectors returned to Seattle after mining in the Yukon. They arrived on the ships Excelsior and Portland, bringing vast quantities of gold - over $32,000,000 in today's money - and everyone rushed to become rich in the Yukon.

In 1902, Ray was only 5 years old when the world famous Italian tenor, Enrico Caruso, made the first gramophone recording by a popular singer. Accompanied by only a piano, his voice recordings became a big seller and did much to popularize the new-fangled gramophone. He had to sing into a metal "horn" that relayed his voice to a metal disc. And the songs had to be under 4 and a half minutes!

In 1928, Ray was 31 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 1947, when he was 50 years old, on November 25th, the Hollywood "Black List" was created by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). Ten Hollywood writers and directors had refused to testify to the Committee regarding "Communists" or "Reds" in the movie industry. The next day, the blacklist was created and they were fired.

In 1976, in the year of Ray Smith's passing, 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."

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Other Ray Smiths

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around 1918 - Sep 10, 1944
around 1920 - Jul 26, 1942
around 1916 - Feb 14, 1942
around 1921 - Unknown
around 1927 - Unknown
around 1926 - Unknown
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around 1928 - Unknown
around 1914 - Unknown
around 1915 - Unknown
around 1924 - Unknown
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Other Smiths

Jan 27, 1911 - Apr 6, 2005
May 27, 1907 - January 1975
Jul 5, 1897 - Apr 23, 1993
Apr 12, 1928 - Jun 13, 1990
Jan 1, 1925 - Nov 2, 1994
Jan 1, 1925 - Feb 6, 1991
Jul 3, 1903 - Jun 22, 1993
Oct 12, 1911 - December 1985
Apr 17, 1920 - Dec 22, 1996
Feb 8, 1928 - Jul 8, 1990
May 10, 1898 - July 1983
Aug 28, 1914 - Feb 15, 1998
Sep 16, 1896 - April 1985
Dec 6, 1923 - Nov 16, 1998
Jul 13, 1925 - July 1974
Jan 2, 1904 - August 1985
Jul 31, 1895 - October 1988
Dec 28, 1926 - Sep 7, 2008
Oct 11, 1903 - May 8, 1991
Nov 12, 1924 - Oct 22, 2001

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Dec 24, 1889 - October 1972
Jan 27, 1911 - Apr 6, 2005
Jan 24, 1924 - Sep 17, 2002
Sep 21, 1924 - March 1981
Jul 14, 1929 - Jan 15, 2001
Jul 18, 1911 - September 1993
Apr 15, 1903 - January 1978
Jan 4, 1924 - October 1981
Apr 25, 1924 - March 1984
Sep 13, 1914 - September 1973
May 4, 1923 - May 29, 2000
Jan 20, 1923 - Apr 2, 1999
Dec 13, 1924 - Jul 7, 1990
Jul 14, 1909 - Jan 20, 1997
Jan 9, 1917 - May 26, 2008
Sep 6, 1929 - May 26, 2008
Jun 15, 1926 - October 1972
Dec 12, 1927 - Jan 2, 1997
Nov 19, 1920 - Aug 27, 2000
Oct 23, 1914 - Apr 22, 2007
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