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Mervyle Peterson (1927 - 1992)

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Mervyle Peterson
1927 - 1992
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March 7, 1927
Death
September 18, 1992
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Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois 61108
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Mervyle Peterson was born on March 7, 1927. Mervyle died on September 18, 1992 at 65 years old. We know that Mervyle Peterson had been residing in Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois 61108.
Updated: November 2, 2011
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Mervyle Peterson died on September 18, 1992 at age 65. Mervyle was born on March 7, 1927. There is no information about Mervyle's family. We know that Mervyle Peterson had been residing in Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois 61108.
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In 1927, in the year that Mervyle Peterson was born, 10 years after the United States bought the U.S. Virgin Islands from the Danish government, the inhabitants were granted U.S. citizenship. While they can vote in congressional elections and presidential primaries, they cannot vote for President.

In 1949, Mervyle was 22 years old when on April 4th, NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization) was established. Twelve nations originally signed the North Atlantic Treaty - the United States, Great Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Iceland, Canada, and Portugal. Greece, Turkey, and West Germany later joined. Today, there are 26 nations in NATO.

In 1960, Mervyle was 33 years old when on May 1st, an American CIA U-2 spy plane, piloted by Francis Gary Powers, was shot down by a surface-to-air missile over the Soviet Union. Powers ejected and survived but was captured. The U.S. claimed that the U-2 was a "weather plane" but Powers was convicted in the Soviet Union of espionage. He was released in 1962 after 1 year, 9 months and 10 days in prison.

In 1983, when this person was 56 years old, on August 30th, the Soviet Union claimed that a South Korean Boeing 747 jetliner (Flight 007), bound for Seoul from New York City, had strayed into Soviet airspace. Saying that they believed it to be a U.S. spy plane, the passenger jet was shot down by a Soviet SU-15 fighter - after it had tracked the airliner for two hours. All 269 passengers (including a U.S. Representative from Georgia) and crew were killed.

In 1992, in the year of Mervyle Peterson's passing, on February 1st, US President George Bush and President Boris Yeltsin of Russia jointly announced an end to the Cold War, proclaiming a new era of "friendship and partnership". At Camp David in Maryland, they reviewed ways to jointly reduce nuclear arms and support reforms in Russia but no agreement was reached at that meeting.

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