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William J Smith (1961 - 2000)

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William J Smith
1961 - 2000
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February 11, 1961
Death
December 23, 2000
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William J Smith was born on February 11, 1961. He died on December 23, 2000 at 39 years of age.
Updated: October 8, 2011
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William J Smith died on December 23, 2000 at 39 years old. He was born on February 11, 1961. There is no information about William's immediate family.
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In 1961, in the year that William J Smith was born, on May 5th, Navy Cmdr. Alan B. Shepard, Jr., made the first manned Project Mercury flight, MR-3, in a spacecraft he named Freedom 7. He was the second man to go into space, the first was Yuri Gagarin - a Soviet cosmonaut.

In 1976, William was only 15 years old when 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."

In 1979, at the age of 18 years old, William was alive when on November 4th, Iranian militant students seized the US embassy in Teheran and held 52 American citizens and diplomats hostage for 444 days. They were released at the end of the inauguration speech of the newly elected Ronald Reagan.

In 1987, by the time he was 26 years old, was the first time that a criminal in the United States - a serial rapist - was convicted through the use of DNA evidence.

In 1999, at the age of 38 years old, William was alive when the fear that Y2K (year 2000) would cause the failure of computers worldwide when clocks didn't properly update to January 1st, 2000 became near panic. While some computer systems and software did have problems, the panic was unfounded and computer life went on.

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