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Government & Advocacy

  • June 25 - The [Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938]] is signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Among other things, the law brought cosmetics and medical devices under control, required that drugs be labeled with adequate directions for safe use, mandated pre-market approval by the FDA of all new drugs, prohibited false therapeutic claims for drugs, corrected abuses in food packaging and quality, and mandated legally enforceable food standards.[1]


  • August 2 - Dave Balon - Canadian Hockey Player. Balon played for the New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens winning two Stanley Cups with the Canadiens. He had multiple sclerosis for 30 years of his life.[3]
  • December 22 - Lucien Bouchard - Canadian politician. Bouchard was the Premier of Quebec from January 29, 1996 to March 8, 2001. He lost his leg to necrotizing fasciitis ("flesh-eating disease") in December 1994.


  1. "[History of the FDA:The 1938 Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act]." U.S. Food and Drug Administration. n.d. Accessed on June 3, 2008.
  3. "Dave Balon, 68, Rangers Wing, Is Dead." New York Times. May 31, 2007. Accessed on May 12, 2008.