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This Week in Boomer History: Sgt. Presley … Three Mile Island … Viagra

Posted By Steve Mencher On March 23, 2014 @ 2:00 am In Bulletin Today | No Comments

Viagra pill [1]Notable events from our shared experience

Viagra [2], patented in 1996, is approved to treat erectile dysfunction [3] on March 27, 1998. Sales in 2012 are about $2 billion; competitor Cialis isn’t far behind.

On March 26, 1953, Jonas Salk announces that he has successfully completed a small-scale test of a vaccine [4] to protect against polio. Boomers soon line up to be vaccinated in school.

500-elvis-presley-army-uniform-germany [5]Elvis Presley is inducted into the Army on March 24, 1958. Serving in Germany, he meets 14-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu; they marry almost eight years later.

On March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez, an oil tanker bound for Long Beach, Calif., strikes a reef in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil and fouling 1,300 miles of coastline.

The answer: Who is Art Fleming? The question: When the game show Jeopardy! debuts on NBC March 30, 1964, he is the host.

Four Klansmen kill Detroit civil rights [6] activist Viola Liuzzo on March 25, 1965, as she drives from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., to retrieve protesters after their historic 54-mile march.

A reactor at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant near Middletown, Pa., partially melts down on March 28, 1979. “[S]mall radioactive releases had no detectable health effects on plant workers or the public,” the Nuclear Regulatory Commission reports.

Three Mile Island [7]

President Jimmy Carter leaving Three Mile Island, April 1, 1979

 

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Credits: Viagra, jfmdesign [10]/istockphoto; uniform, Adam Jones [11]/Flickr; Elvis: Getty Images; Three Mile Island: National Archives and Records Administration via Wikipedia

 

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[9] Boomer Tumblr: http://boomersat50.tumblr.com/

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[13] This Week in Boomer History: Liz & Dick … ‘Cat in the Hat’ … ‘Dock of the Bay’: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/03/09/this-week-in-boomer-history-liz-dick-cat-in-the-hat-dock-of-the-bay/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

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