The Polio panic continued when Dwight Eisenhower was sworn in as President in 1953 with more than 35,000 cases reported in the United States that year. But, the innovation that would soon alleviate that fear was on the horizon with Dr. Jonas Salk beginning to test what would later become the vaccine we know today.
On this day, March 26, 1953, Dr. Jonas Salk announced his polio vaccine. Two years later, the vaccine was released nationally in the US. Major funding for Salk's research came from the March of Dimes Foundation, which was set up by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. 58,000 cases of polio were reported in 1952; 3,145 people had died from it in that year.
In 1957, Republican President Dwight Eisenhower passed the first Civil Rights Act in 82 years. Congressional Democrats blocked all attempts at CRAs during FDR's and Truman's administrations. Pictured: Laster Grander, Martin Luther King, Jr., A. Philip Randolph, and Roy Wilkins meet with Republican President Dwight Eisenhower, Attorney General Williams Rogers, Rocco Siclliano, and Frederic Morrow at the White House. June, 1958.
Atomic bomb test in Nevada 1953 - U-K Grable test -thousands of sheep were killed by the effects of these test blasts in Nevada. The resulting court case of Bulloch v. United States lasted for 30 years