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Merlien Peterson (1917 - 2005)

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Merlien Peterson
1917 - 2005
Born
November 6, 1917
Death
June 4, 2005
Last Known Residence
Rock Falls, Whiteside County, Illinois 61071
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Merlien Peterson of Rock Falls, Whiteside County, Illinois was born on November 6, 1917, and died at age 87 years old on June 4, 2005.
Updated: November 2, 2011
Biography ID: 46486490

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Merlien Peterson passed away at age 87 years old on June 4, 2005. Merlien Peterson of Rock Falls, Whiteside County, Illinois was born on November 6, 1917.

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Merlien Peterson lived 13 years longer than the average Peterson family member when they died at the age of 87.
The average age of a Peterson family member is 74.
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1917 - 2005 World Events

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In 1917, in the year that Merlien Peterson was born, the U.S. Virgin Islands were purchased from Denmark in January. While they are U.S. citizens, Virgin Islanders are ineligible to vote for the President of the United States.

In 1934, at the age of 17 years old, Merlien was alive when on November 11th 1933, an extremely strong dust storm hit South Dakota, stripping topsoil. Other strong dust storms had occurred during 1933. Severe droughts continued to hit the Great Plains and the dust storms devastated agricultural production as well as people's' lives for several years. The Roosevelt administration and scientists eventually determined that farming practices had caused the conditions that led to the dust storms and the changes they implemented in farming stopped the Dust Bowl.

In 1949, when this person was 32 years old, comedian Milton Berle hosted the first telethon show. It raised $1,100,000 for cancer research and lasted 16 hours. The next day, newspapers, in writing about the event, first used the word "telethon."

In 1958, at the age of 41 years old, Merlien 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 1974, when this person was 57 years old, on February 5th, Patty Hearst, age 19 - granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst and daughter of publisher of the San Francisco Examiner Randolph Hearst - was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army, a left wing terrorist group. She was found, alive, 19 months later.

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