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W Kenneth Smyers (1917 - 2001)

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W Kenneth Smyers
1917 - 2001
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May 19, 1917
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September 2, 2001
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Sykesville, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania 15865
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W Kenneth Smyers was born on May 19, 1917. W Kenneth died on September 2, 2001 at age 84. We know that W Kenneth Smyers had been residing in Sykesville, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania 15865.
Updated: October 6, 2011
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W Kenneth Smyers passed away on September 2, 2001 at 84 years of age. W Kenneth was born on May 19, 1917. We have no information about W Kenneth's family. We know that W Kenneth Smyers had been residing in Sykesville, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania 15865.
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In 1917, in the year that W Kenneth Smyers was born, the U.S. Virgin Islands were purchased from Denmark in January. While they are U.S. citizens, Virgin Islanders are ineligible to vote for the President of the United States.

In 1922, W Kenneth was merely 5 years old when from October 22nd - 29th, 3,000 men of Benito Mussolini's National Fascist Party marched on Rome. (Mussolini waited in Milan, he did not participate in the March.) The day after the March Mussolini went to Rome and the King of Italy handed over power to Mussolini, in part because he was supported by the military, the business class, and the right-wing factions of Italy.

In 1934, this person was 17 years old when on June 6th, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission was formed as a response to the stock market crash of 1929 and the continuing Great Depression. Previously, the states regulated the offering and sales of stocks - called "blue sky" laws. They were largely ineffective. Roosevelt created a group (one member was Joseph Kennedy, father of the future President Kennedy) who knew Wall Street well and they defined the mission and operating mode for the SEC. The new organization had broad and stringent rules and oversight and restored public confidence in the stock market in the United States.

In 1970, when this person was 53 years old, on May 1st, US troops invaded Cambodia, expanding the Vietnam War. The invasion of Cambodia was a Nixon policy, although it was argued against by both his Secretary of State and his Secretary of Defense.

In 1988, when this person was 71 years old, on December 16th, 1988 the popular film Rain Man was released. Featuring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. this film brought attention to autistic savants and was based on the "megasavant" Laurence Kim Peek. The film would later go to win four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and Best Actor in a Leading Role.

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