Kenji Matoba

Male16 April 1925–16 August 1999

Brief Life History of Kenji

When Kenji Matoba was born on 16 April 1925, in California, United States, his father, Kumaji Matoba, was 31 and his mother, Isano Sugimoto, was 28. He died on 16 August 1999, at the age of 74.

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Kenji Matoba
Fumi Sumi

Sources (2)

  • Kenji Matoba in household of Kumaji Matoba, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Kenji Matoba in household of Kumaji Matoba, "United States Census, 1940"

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World Events (8)


Age 2

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.

1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 9

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. 

1945 · Peace in a Post War World

Age 20

The Yalta Conference was held in Crimea to talk about establishing peace and postwar reorganization in post-World War II Europe. The heads of government that were attending were from the United States, the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union. Later the Conference would become a subject of controversy at the start of the Cold War.

Name Meaning

‘Intelligent ruler’.

Dictionary of First Names © Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges 1990, 2003, 2006.

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