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On April 26, 1954, the Salk polio vaccine field trials, which were to involve 1.8 million children, began in McLean, Virginia.  This was the first time a double-blind study method had been used (neither doctor nor patient knew who was receiving the vaccine and who was receiving a placebo.

On April 29, 1974, President Richard Nixon announces to the public that he will release transcripts of 46 taped White House conversations in response to a Watergate trial subpoena issued in July 1973. The House Judiciary committee accepted 1,200 pages of transcripts the next day, but insisted that the tapes themselves be turned over as well.

 

 

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Here are a few fun ways to share small bits of history with your children:

New Ideas for Sharing History with your Children

Fun Facts to Share with your Children

And here are some facts about our presidents that adults may be glad to know:
Ten Fun Facts About Our Presidents

Thomas Edison’s personal work table in his laboratory in West Orange, New Jersey. The photo was taken on one of Kate’s trips exploring this country.