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Court rules Karen Quinlan’s father can let her die if doctors see no hope 40 years ago today (Mar 31 1976)


Video: 'Karen Ann Quinlan NHD'

(Wednesday, March 31, 1976) — The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled today that the mechanical respirator that was keeping Karen Ann Quinlan (a young woman in a persistent vegetative state) alive might be disconnected if her attending physicians and a panel of hospital officials agreed that there was “no reasonable possibility” that she would recover.

Quinlan, who remained unconscious, died in 1985.

‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ wins Best Picture at 48th Academy Awards 40 years ago this hour (Mar 29 1976)


Video: '1976 Oscars' (26 videos)

(Monday, March 29, 1976, 7:00 p.m.-10:12 p.m. PDT)One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, a comedy-drama film about a small-time criminal who fakes insanity in hopes of doing easy time in a mental hospital, won five Oscars tonight at the 48th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Miloš Forman for Best Director, Jack Nicholson for Best Actor and Louise Fletcher for Best Actress Continue reading ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ wins Best Picture at 48th Academy Awards 40 years ago this hour (Mar 29 1976)