Lawrence Allen Smith

17 January 1959–8 June 1985 (Age 26)
New York City, New York, United States

The Life of Lawrence Allen

Lawrence Allen Smith was born on 17 January 1959, in New York City, New York, United States. He died on 8 June 1985, in his hometown, at the age of 26.

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World Events (3)

1960

Age 1

Squaw Valley, California, United States hosts Winter Olympic Games.
1960 · Fifty Star Flag

Age 1

The 50 Star Flag Design is adopted to be the nation’s flag
1973 · The World Trade Center Opens

Age 14

The World Trade Center was a complex of seven buildings with the Twin Towers each soaring 1,368 feet into the air. Minoru Yamasaki was chosen as lead architect in 1962. Construction of the complex took almost 20 years to complete.

Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a worker in metal, from Middle English smith (Old English smið, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Metalworking was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents were perhaps the most widespread of all occupational surnames in Europe. Medieval smiths were important not only in making horseshoes, plowshares, and other domestic articles, but above all for their skill in forging swords, other weapons, and armor. This is the most frequent of all American surnames; it has also absorbed, by assimilation and translation, cognates and equivalents from many other languages (for forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988 ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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