Category Archives: 1950s

Eisenhower urges harmony, cites Soviet threat in State of the Union address 60 years ago this hour (Jan 6 1955)


(Thursday, January 6, 1955, 12:30 p.m. EST; during the Cold War) — In his annual State of the Union address, U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower laid his legislative program before the new Democratic-controlled Congress today with a plea for harmony and a solemn warning that this is a year of trial in the world’s wavering course toward durable peace or atomic holocaust.

First successful human kidney transplant took place 60 years ago this hour (Dec 23 1954)

Video: 'Remembering Marvin Miller,Joseph Murray, Earl Carroll'

(Thursday, December 23, 1954, 11:15 a.m. EST) — The first successful human kidney transplant took place today at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston as a surgical team led by Dr. Joseph Murray removed a kidney from 23-year-old Ronald Herrick and implanted it in Herrick’s twin brother, Richard, who was dying of chronic nephritis.

Because the donor and recipient were identical twins, tissue rejection was not an issue. Richard Herrick lived until 1962; Ronald Herrick died in 2010.

Senator Kennedy flown to Palm Beach following spinal surgery 60 years ago today (Dec 21 1954)

Video: 'December 21, 1954 - Senator John F. Kennedy recovering from spinal operations'

(Tuesday, December 21, 1954) — Senator John F. Kennedy was taken by stretcher to a special plane today so he could be flown from the New York Hospital for Special Surgery to the Kennedy home in Palm Beach, Florida, more than two months after undergoing a spinal operation.