Posts Tagged ‘McCarthy

26
Mar
08

On This Day, 3-26-08: Jonas Salk

Heaven’s Gate cult members found dead

Following an anonymous tip, police enter a mansion in Rancho Santa Fe, an exclusive suburb of San Diego, California, and discover 39 victims of a mass suicide. The deceased–21 women and 18 men of varying ages–were all found lying peaceably in matching dark clothes and Nike sneakers and had no noticeable signs of blood or trauma. It was later revealed that the men and women were members of the “Heaven’s Gate” religious cult, whose leaders preached that suicide would allow them to leave their bodily “containers” and enter an alien spacecraft hidden behind the Hale-Bopp comet.

“Heaven’s Gate cult members found dead.” 2008. The History Channel website. 25 Mar 2008, 01:44 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history.do?action=Article&id=4866.

McCarthy charges that Owen Lattimore is a Soviet spy

During a radio broadcast dealing with a Senate investigation into communists in the U.S. Department of State, news is leaked that Senator Joseph McCarthy has charged Professor Owen Lattimore with being a top spy for the Soviet Union. Lattimore soon became a central figure in the Red Scare hysteria created by McCarthy’s reckless charges and accusations.

“McCarthy charges that Owen Lattimore is a Soviet spy.” 2008. The History Channel website. 25 Mar 2008, 01:45 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history.do?action=Article&id=2618.

1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from the Island of Elba. He then began his second conquest of France.

1863 – U.S. President Lincoln signed the National Currency Act.

1919 – In Arizona, the Grand Canyon was established as a National Park with an act of the U.S. Congress.

1929 – U.S. President Coolidge signed a bill creating the Grand Teton National Park.

1933 – A ground-breaking ceremony was held at Crissy Field for the Golden Gate Bridge.

1952 – British Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that Britain had developed an atomic bomb.

1987 – The U.S.S.R. conducted its first nuclear weapons test after a 19-month moratorium period.

1993 – Six people were killed and more than a thousand injured when a van exploded in the parking garage beneath the World Trade Center in New York City. The bomb had been built by Islamic extremists.

1953: Salk announces polio vaccine

On March 26, 1953, American Dr. Jonas Salk reports that he has successfully tested a vaccine against poliomyelitis, the virus that causes the crippling disease of polio. Polio, a disease that mainly affects children, attacks the nervous system and can cause paralysis. Since the virus is easily transmitted, epidemics were commonplace in the first decades of the 20th century. Salk’s discovery came in the midst of major polio epidemics in Europe, Asia, and the United States. Two years later, a massive child inoculation program was underway. In 1957, the development of an oral vaccine by Polish-American researcher Albert Sabin greatly facilitated distribution of the polio vaccine.

http://www.thehistorychannel.co.uk/site/this_day_in_history/this_day_March_26.php

The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.
Jonas Salk




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