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This Weekend In History…..

This Weekend In History…..

Polio Vaccine….. February 23, 1954….. Inoculation of children with¬†Jonas Salk‘s polio vaccine begins in Pittsburgh. Nation wide testing began two months later. It was the first successful vaccine for the dreaded disease. Before the vaccine, there were about 15,000 cases of paralysis and 1,900 deaths annually from polio in the U.S. Salk chose to not…

On This Day…..

On This Day…..

Daytona International Speedway….. February 22, 1959….. The Daytona International Speedway opens. It was built by Bill France, Sr., who had previously founded NASCAR (1948) and went on to build the Talladega Superspeedway (1969).France refused to sell Coca-Cola products at Daytona Speedway because they turned him down when he was raising money to build Daytona. He then went to…

On This Day…..

On This Day…..

Malcolm X Assassinated….. February 21, 1965….. As he was preparing to address the Organization of Afro-American Unity, someone in the audience yelled, “N–ger! Get your hand outta my pocket!” As Malcolm X and his bodyguards tried to end the disturbance, a man rushed forward and shot him once in the chest with a sawed-off shotgun and two…

On This Day…..

On This Day…..

First American to Orbit the Earth…… February 20, 1962…… John Glenn in the Friendship 7. Glenn circled the globe three times in 4 hours and 56 minutes, reaching speeds of more than 17,000 miles per hour. The successful mission concluded with a splashdown and recovery in the Atlantic Ocean, 800 miles southeast of Bermuda.