Monthly Archives: October 2014

America Needs Another Jonas Salk–Happy 100th Birthday Dr. Salk

Today, October 28, is the 100th birthday of Dr. Jonas Salk, whose 1955 polio vaccine eventually eradicated this crippling disease in the United States. Google is saying thank you to Dr. Salk today through their search engine doodle.  Between 13,000 and 20,000 polio cases occurred … Continue reading

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Midterms and the Sixth Year Itch: 1938, FDR

Midterm elections often fall into a pattern where the president’s party loses seats in the U.S. House and Senate. Sometimes the American people have a six-year itch, showing their objections to the president’s policies by voting against his party in the … Continue reading

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An Ebola-like Disease that Evacuated the Nation’s Capital and Changed the Presidency

Oct. 24, 1793, Philadelphia “The managers report that they have received six men and buried four men in the last twenty-four hours,” recorded the secretary for the committee combating yellow fever in Philadelphia. Yellow fever, an Ebola-like epidemic, struck Philadelphia, … Continue reading

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Midterms in Historical Context: Eisenhower and Truman

On Nov. 4, 2014, Americans will vote in midterm elections, the second of Barack Obama’s presidency. To place these midterms into historical context, we’ve looked at Presidents Bush, Clinton, and Reagan’s second midterms. We’ve also looked at the atypical 1960s … Continue reading

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First Lady Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta Dies

Starting with Jackie Kennedy, you can’t study first lady fashions without coming across Oscar de la Renta’s name and his legendary work. He passed away this week. Here are statements from Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton on his passing: STATEMENT BY … Continue reading

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Is Ebola the Modern-Day Yellow Fever? Medical Similarities and Differences

As of today, 4,493 people have died from Ebola, according to the World Health Organization. Two Dallas-area nurses, who treated a now-deceased infected patient who came to Texas from Liberia in West Africa, are hospitalized with the disease. A similar number of … Continue reading

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Atypical midterms in the 1970s and 1960s: Carter, Nixon-Ford, Kennedy-Johnson

With the November 2014 midterm elections less than a month away, it’s useful to view political events in historical context. Will the president’s party lose seats, as is typical in a midterm election in a second term? Sometimes circumstances and … Continue reading

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