Daily Archives: August 7, 2012

Kennedy awards Dr. Kelsey for role in thalidomide case 50 years ago today (1962)


Video: 'UVic Legacy Awards - Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey -- Alumni Legacy Award' (JFK awards Kelsey at 1:57)

(Tuesday, August 7, 1962) — U.S. President John F. Kennedy awarded Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official Dr. Frances O. Kelsey the Distinguished Federal Civilian Service Medal today for her diligence in blocking approval of thalidomide, a sedative found to cause severe birth defects.

Progressive Party nominates former President Theodore Roosevelt 100 years ago today (1912)


Video: 1912 Progressive convention (at 2:08)

(Wednesday, August 7, 1912) — Former President Theodore Roosevelt was nominated by acclamation for president today by the Progressive Party, a group of Republicans dissatisfied with the renomination of President William H. Taft and Vice President James Sherman. Continue reading Progressive Party nominates former President Theodore Roosevelt 100 years ago today (1912)

Hatfields and McCoys feud erupts into full-scale violence 130 years ago today (1882)


Video: 'The Hatfields and McCoys - A Documentary' (Ellison Hatfield attacked at 2:15)

(Monday, August 7, 1882) — The famous feud between the Hatfields of West Virginia and the McCoys of Kentucky erupted into full-scale violence today when when Ellison Hatfield, brother of William Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield, was fatally wounded by three of Roseanna McCoy’s young brothers (Tolbert, Pharmer and Bud) during an election day fight that took place in Kentucky.