FEBRUARY 23, 1954:
MASS POLIO INOCULATION FOR CHILDREN BEGINS
On this day in 1954, the first mass vaccination of children began in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
In the mid-twentieth century, the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis (the predecessor to today’s March of Dimes) pioneered a new approach to philanthropy, raising money a dime at a time from millions of small donors.
The nonprofit enlisted poster children, celebrities, presidents, and other partners in their high-profile campaigns.
Seen here, March of Dimes poster child Linda Brown in a 1949 ad campaign. Flip through American Experience’s photo gallery for more on the polio crusade.
Photo Credit: March of Dimes Foundation
Chapter 1 of “The Amish,” an intimate portrait of contemporary Amish faith and life. This film examines how such a closed and communal culture has thrived within one of the most open, individualistic societies on earth.
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”We’re all crowded around this little television set, really with quite a high level of uncertainty,” Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin said.
Clinton EXCLUSIVE clip: “Passing the Budget Bill”:
Clinton’s “triangulation” strategy was an attempt to take control of the budget from the Republicans in Congress. His own balanced budget plan claimed to balance the federal budget without cutting Medicare and Medicaid. “You know whether or not to balance the budget, we can’t win that fight,” says Clinton’s Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers. “Once you accept that we’re going to balance the budget now let’s have a fight about what we’re going to cut and what we’re going to protect. That’s a fight we can win.”