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What Happened on February 23, 1954

Historical Events


Historic DiscoveryPolio

1st mass inoculation against polio with the Jonas Salk vaccine takes place at Arsenal Elementary School in Pittsburgh

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Children with polio in a US hospital, inside an iron lung. In about 0.5% of cases, patients suffered from paralysis, sometimes resulting in the inability to breathe. More often, limbs would be paralyzed.
Children with polio in a US hospital, inside an iron lung. In about 0.5% of cases, patients suffered from paralysis, sometimes resulting in the inability to breathe. More often, limbs would be paralyzed.
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  • Syrian army drives out president Adib el-Shishakli

Famous Birthdays

  • Viktor Yushchenko, President of Ukraine
1954 Highlights

About February 23, 1954

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 66 years, 10 months and 26 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Pisces