John Francis Pelan Jr.

27 October 1931–10 September 2007 (Age 75)
Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of John Francis

When John Francis Pelan Jr. was born on 27 October 1931, in Pennsylvania, United States, his father, John Francis Pelan, was 37 and his mother, Ada Ruth Peightel, was 36. He lived in Huntingdon, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, United States in 1940. He died on 10 September 2007, in Menlo Park, San Mateo, California, United States, at the age of 75.

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John Francis Pelan Jr.
Katherine Nell Stivers Pelan

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World Events (8)


Age 1

Amelia Earhart completes first solo nonstop transatlantic flight by a woman.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 3

Alcatraz Island officially became Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on August 11, 1934. The island is situated in the middle of frigid water and strong currents of the San Francisco Bay, which deemed it virtually inescapable. Alcatraz became known as the toughest prison in America and was seen as a “last resort prison.” Therefore, Alcatraz housed some of America’s most notorious prisoners such as Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud. Due to the exorbitant cost of running the prison, and the deterioration of the buildings due to salt spray, Alcatraz Island closed as a penitentiary on March 21, 1963. 
1951 · The Twenty-Second Amendment

Age 20

Before the Twenty-second Amendment, the Presidency didn’t have a set number limit on how many times they could be elected or re-elected to the office of President of the United States. The Amendment sets that limit to two times, consecutively or not, and sets additional conditions for presidents who succeed to the unexpired terms of their predecessors.

Name Meaning

Czech:1. from a derivative of the Old Czech personal name Pelhřim. 2. nickname from pela ‘cheerful’, ‘happygo-lucky fellow’.

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

Sources (2)

  • John Pelan in household of John Pelan, "United States Census, 1940"
  • John Francis Pelan Jr, "United States Social Security Death Index"

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