On This Day: March 26th

I’ll be posting a few fun little things that happened on this day in history. I’ll also add my own commentary to the mix now and then as well.

Note: Not all events will be pleasant, but I promise to throw in as many quirky and pleasant ones as I can to balance.

March 26th:

1953- Dr. Jonas Salk announces that he has successfully tested a vaccine to prevent Polio, clinical trials began the next year.

1966- Large-scale anti-Vietnam War protests take place in the United States, including in New York, Washington, D.C. and Chicago

1484- William Caxton prints his translation of Aesop’s Fables

1668- England takes control of Bombay, India

1790- US Congress passes Naturalization Act, requires 2-year residency

1830- The Book of Mormon is published in Palmyra, New York

1845- Patent awarded for adhesive medicated plaster, precursor of band-aid

1863- Voters in West Virginia approve gradual emancipation of slaves

1885- Eastman Film Co manufactures 1st commercial motion picture film

1926- First lip-reading tournament held in America

1934- Driving tests introduced in Britain

1937- Spinach growers of Crystal City, Texas, erect statue of Popeye

Source and more at On This Day!

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