Donald Alan Appleton

Male28 September 1943–1 January 1996

Brief Life History of Donald Alan

When Donald Alan Appleton was born on 28 September 1943, in Pontiac, Oakland, Michigan, United States, his father, Harold Josiah Appleton, was 27 and his mother, Phyllis Madeline Baldwin, was 24. He died on 1 January 1996, in Lake Wales, Polk, Florida, United States, at the age of 52, and was buried in Winter Haven, Polk, Florida, United States.

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Family Time Line

Harold Josiah Appleton
1916–1999
Phyllis Madeline Baldwin
1919–1999
Richard Mark Appleton
1942–1942
Donald Alan Appleton
1943–1996

Sources (17)

  • Donald A Appleton, "United States 1950 Census"
  • Donald Alan Appleton, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, Births, and Marriages 1980-2014"
  • Florida, U.S., Marriage Indexes, 1822-1875 and 1927-2001

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Siblings (2)

World Events (8)

1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 1

The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.

1954 · Worlds Largest Christmas Store

Age 11

Wally Bronner opened what would become the world's largest Christmas Store in 1954 as a result of successfully creating custom Christmas panels for city lampposts. Since then, the Frankenmuth store has expanded to a 27 acre landscaped lot with over 50,000 Christmas related items in his store. Bronner's attracts over two million guests per year.

1958 · The First U.S. Satellite in Space

Age 15

Explorer 1 was the first satellite of the United States to be launched and successfully orbit the Earth.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the many places in all parts of England named Appleton, from Old English æppeltūn ‘orchard’ (literally ‘apple enclosure’). Apples were particularly important in the Middle Ages as a food for survival through the winter.

History: This surname was brought to North America in 1635 by Samuel Appleton, who migrated from Ipswich, England, to Ipswich, MA.

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

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