Melvin Nelson (1907 - 1964)

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Lavona Nelson Francis and Lloyd B. Nelson

Lavona Nelson Francis and Lloyd B. Nelson

Darrell Wayne (Johnson ) Nelson

Darrell Wayne (Johnson ) Nelson

Hubert E Nelson

Hubert E Nelson

Wayne L Nelson Family

Wayne L Nelson Family

Rhonda Carol (Nelson ) Parsneau

Rhonda Carol (Nelson ) Parsneau

Darrell Wayne (Johnson ) Nelson

Darrell Wayne (Johnson ) Nelson

Wayne L Nelson

Wayne L Nelson

Wayne Leroy Hamilton Nelson

Wayne Leroy Hamilton Nelson

Bettie and Hubert E Nelson

Bettie and Hubert E Nelson

Barry Nelson and Jenny O'Hara

Barry Nelson and Jenny O'Hara

Barry Nelson

Barry Nelson

Barry Nelson

Barry Nelson

Barry Nelson

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Nelson nephews Lavona Nelson Francis and Lloyd B. Nelson Darrell Wayne (Johnson ) Nelson Hubert E Nelson

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1907 - In the year that Melvin Nelson was born, the showman Florenz Ziegfeld introduced his Ziegfeld Follies. Ziegfeld was inspired by the Folies Bergère of Paris and the show was a step up from the then current vaudeville shows. The top entertainers of the time played in the Follies but the stars were the Ziegfeld girls - beautiful chorus girls in elaborate costumes. For almost a quarter of a century, the Ziegfeld follies were the toast of Broadway.

1920 - At the age of only 13 years old, Melvin was alive when the National Football League, first called the American Professional Football Association, was created. College football was more popular than pro football and rising player salaries were bankrupting league owners. In response, owners created the NFL, using the pro baseball association as a model. Eleven teams were formed: the Akron Pros, Canton Bulldogs, Cleveland Indians, Dayton Triangles, Decatur Staleys, Hammond Pros, Massillon Tigers, Muncie Flyers, Racine Cardinals, Rochester Jeffersons and Rock Island Independents.

1926 - By the time he was 19 years old, on October 31st, Harry Houdini died in Michigan. Houdini was the most famed magician of his time and perhaps of all time, especially for his acts involving escapes - from handcuffs, straitjackets, chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, and more. He was president of the Society of American Magicians and stringently upheld professional ethics. He died of complications from a ruptured appendix. Although he had received a blow to the area a couple of days previously, the connection between the blow and his appendicitis is disputed.

1932 - He was 25 years old when five years to the day after Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic, Amelia Earhart flew solo from Newfoundland to Ireland, the first woman to cross the Atlantic solo and the first to replicate Lindbergh's feat. She flew over 2,000 miles in just under 15 hours.

1964 - In the year of Melvin Nelson's passing, on June 11th, activist Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment in South Africa for conspiring to overthrow the state (because of his numerous anti-apartheid activities). He served 27 years in prison.

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Melvin Nelson passed away in October 1964 at 57 years of age. No cause of death has been entered for Melvin. He was born on March 15, 1907. We have no information about Melvin's family.

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