Ruby L Smith (1924 - 2010)

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Ruby L Smith
1924 - 2010
February 19, 1924
April 24, 2010
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Wyncote, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania 19095
Ruby L Smith was born on February 19, 1924. She died on April 24, 2010 at 86 years of age. We know that Ruby L Smith had been residing in Wyncote, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania 19095.
Updated: October 6, 2011
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Ruby L Smith passed away on April 24, 2010 at 86 years of age. She was born on February 19, 1924. There is no information about Ruby's family. We know that Ruby L Smith had been residing in Wyncote, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania 19095.
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In 1924, in the year that Ruby L Smith was born, Macy's department store in New York held its first "Thanksgiving parade" on November 27th at 9a - during church services but leaving plenty of time to attend the big football game between Syracuse and Columbia universities. The parade was held as a way to promote the opening of the “World’s Largest Store” and its 1 million square feet of retail space in Manhattan’s Herald Square. The parade was 6 miles long and included floats, Macy's employees dressed as clowns, cowboys, and sword-wielding knights, and animals from Central Park Zoo. Santa Claus, of course, brought up the rear - opening the Christmas shopping season for Macy's.

In 1931, by the time she was only 7 years old, in March, “The Star Spangled Banner” officially became the national anthem by congressional resolution. Other songs had previously been used - among them, "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", "God Bless America", and "America the Beautiful". There was fierce debate about making "The Star Spangled Banner" the national anthem - Southerners and veterans organizations supported it, pacifists and educators opposed it.

In 1945, when she was 21 years old, in October, automobile production in the United States for private consumers was allowed to resume. It took a while for car makers to get those new cars to buyers - they had to once again change their manufacturing plants, this time from war production to peacetime.

In 1957, at the age of 33 years old, Ruby was alive when on October 4th, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the first man made earth-orbiting satellite - and triggered the Space Race. Sputnik I was only 23 inches in diameter and had no tracking equipment, only 4 antennas, but it had a big impact.

In 1976, when she was 52 years old, 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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