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Occupational & Environmental Medicine Newsletters
Selected Dates in Occupational and Environmental History
January 16 January 16, 1936 - Dr. Leonard Goldwater testifies to Congress on Gauley Bridge silicosis disaster
January 27 January 27, 1974 - First newspaper notice of angiosarcoma deaths linked to vinyl chloride
February 21 February 21, 1891 - Springhill Mine Disaster, Nova Scotia, Canada
March 20 March 20, 1953 - Tony Mazzochi takes leadership of United Gas, Coke, and Chemical Workers’ local
March 25 March 25, 1911 - Triangle Shirtwaist Fire
March 28 March 28, 1979 - Partial meltdown at Three Mile Island nuclear power plant
April 22 April 22, 1915 - First World War I - use of chlorine gas by German forces
May 1 May 1, 1956 - First public health report on new disease of the central nervous system in Minamata, Japan
June 12 June 12, 2012 ‐ IARC classifies diesel engine exhaust as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1)
July 6 July 6, 1884 - Prussia enacts first workers compensation statute
September 9 September 9, 1977 - Joint Press Conference by OSHA, EPA, and FDA to disclose plans to control exposure to DBCP, a sterility-causing pesticide
September 27 September 27, 1962 - Silent Spring by Rachel Carson first published
October 4 October 4, 1716 - James Lind born in Scotland; he went on to systematically study the prevention of scurvy and otherwise improve the occupational health of seafarers.
November 3 November 3, 1633 - birth of Bernardino Ramazzini, author of the ealiest known book on occupational diseases, De Morbis Artificum Diatriba ("Diseases of Workers")
November 9 November 9, 1815 - Humphrey Davy announces miner’s safety lamp to Royal Society
November 25 November 25, 1960 - First showing of CBS Reports’ “Harvest of Shame” on migrant agricultural workers
December 5 December 5, 1952 - Killer London fog begins
December 29 December 29, 1970 - OSHA act signed
December 30 December 30, 1969 - Coal Mine Safety act passed