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October 6, 1956 in History

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Events in History


Historic DiscoveryPolio

Scientist Albert Sabin announces that his oral polio vaccine is ready for testing; it would soon supplant Jonas Salk's vaccine in many parts of the world

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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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Birthdays in History

  • Kathleen Webb, American comic book writer and artist

Weddings in History

  • South African politician "Kobie" Coetsee marries Helena E Malan

Deaths in History

  • Charles E. Merrill, American investment banker (Merrill Lynch), dies at 70