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Government & Advocacy

  • May 29 - In United States vs. Johnson, 221 U.S. 488 (1911), The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the Food and Drugs Act of 1906 does not cover statements of curative or therapeutic effect even if the statements are misleading.[1] A 1912 amendment later covered these statements.


  • October 24 - Sonny Terry - American Blues musician. Blind. Known for his ability to play the harmonica and his "joyous whoops". He was also part of the first cast of the Broadway musical comedy, Finian's Rainbow.[2]


  • October 7 - John Hughlings Jackson - English neurologist, known for his study of epilepsy in all forms. Jackson's epilepsy, which involves seizures on several parts of the body at the same time, was named after him.


  1. "United States v. Johnson, 221 U.S. 488 (1911)." n.d. Accessed on June 3, 2008.
  2. "Sonny Terry." The Blues Harp Page. Accessed on March 7, 2008.
  3. "Alfred Binet." Human Intelligence. Indiana University. 25 July 2007. Accessed on July 8, 2008.