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Whitmell J Smithwick (1913 - 1988)

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Whitmell J Smithwick
1913 - 1988
Born
October 15, 1913
Death
July 7, 1988
Last Known Residence
Hendersonville, Henderson County, North Carolina 28739
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Whitmell J Smithwick of Hendersonville, Henderson County, North Carolina was born on October 15, 1913, and died at age 74 years old on July 7, 1988.
Updated: October 7, 2011
Biography ID: 33107800

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Whitmell Smithwick passed away at age 74 years old on July 7, 1988. Whitmell J Smithwick of Hendersonville, Henderson County, North Carolina was born on October 15, 1913.

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In 1913, in the year that Whitmell J Smithwick was born, Woodrow Wilson became the 28th President of the United States in March. Previously the Governor of New Jersey and President of Princeton University, he was the first Southerner to serve as President since Zachary Taylor, over 60 years previous. A Democrat, he led the U.S. during World War I and championed the League of Nations.

In 1938, at the age of 25 years old, Whitmell was alive when 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 1942, this person was 29 years old when on June 17th, Roosevelt approved the Manhattan Project, which lead to the development of the first atomic bomb. With the support of Canada and the United Kingdom, the Project came to employ more than 130,000 people and cost nearly $2 billion. Julius Robert Oppenheimer, a nuclear physicist born in New York, led the Los Alamos Laboratory that developed the actual bomb. The first artificial nuclear explosion took place near Alamogordo New Mexico on July 16, 1945.

In 1958, at the age of 45 years old, Whitmell was alive when on January 1st, the European Economic Community (Common Market) came into operation. The first members were France, West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. The Common Market was formed as a way to strengthen members' economies and deter wars in Europe.

In 1988, in the year of Whitmell J Smithwick's passing, 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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