Welton Lyonel Wi Smith (1892 - 1959)

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Welton Lyonel Wi Smith
1892 - 1959
Rese, Australia
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Rese, Australia
Welton Lyonel Wi Smith was born in 1892. Welton is the child of John Smith and Ada Carewickham Smith. Welton died in 1959 in Rese, Australia at 67 years of age.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Welton Lyonel Wi Smith died in 1959 in Rese, Australia at 67 years old. Welton was born in 1892. Welton is the child of John Smith and Ada Carewickham Smith.

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In 1892, in the year that Welton Lyonel Wi Smith was born, on August 4th, the father and stepmother of Lizzie Borden were found murdered. Lizzie was accused of the crime and on June 20th of the next year, she was acquitted of murder by a jury. But she was never acquitted in the public mind.

In 1908, this person was 16 years old when Henry Ford developed the first Model T automobile, often called the Tin Lizzy or flivver. Produced from 1908 through 1927, it first sold for $850 - which made it affordable for every middle class family. Previously, cars were the province of the upper class and the introduction of the Model T and its availability changed U.S. culture. Within days of its release, over 15,000 cars had been ordered.

In 1914, when this person was 22 years old, in June, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated by a Yugoslavian national. Austria-Hungary delivered an ultimatum to Serbia. Other major powers took sides - and World War I began: Austria declared war on Serbia; Germany on Russia and France; Britain on Germany . . . and on it went until most of the world was embroiled in the war.

In 1938, when this person was 46 years old, on October 30th, a Sunday, The Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast Orson Welles' special Halloween show The War of the World's. A clever take on H.G. Wells' novel, the show began with simulated "breaking news" of an invasion by Martians. Because of the realistic nature of the "news," there was a public outcry the next day, calling for regulation by the FCC. Although the current story is that many were fooled and panicked, in reality very few people were fooled. But the show made Orson Welles' career.

In 1959, in the year of Welton Lyonel Wi Smith's passing, on August 8th, Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States. The US flag was changed to show 50 stars.

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