Daily readings about people, places, and events in American history.
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March 27th
U.S. Life Expectancy at Birth, 1900–2006
The work of Dr. Jonas Salk, who in March 1953 announced that he had developed a polio vaccine, is one dramatic example of a revolution in medical science that, over the last hundred years, has helped people in the United States live much longer, healthier lives.

Life Expectancy
Year Born Both Sexes Men Women
1900 47.3 46.3 48.3
1910 50.0 48.4 51.8
1920 54.1 53.6 54.6
1930 59.7 58.1 61.6
1940 62.9 60.8 65.2
1950 68.2 65.6 71.1
1960 69.7 66.6 73.1
1970 70.8 67.1 74.7
1980 73.7 70.0 77.4
1990 75.4 71.8 78.8
2000 76.8 74.4 79.3
2006 77.7 75.1 80.2
Source: National Center for Health Statistics.

American History Parade
1513
Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León sights Florida.

1794
The government authorizes the creation of a permanent U.S. Navy and the construction of six frigates, including the USS Constitution.

1917
The Seattle Metropolitans defeat the Montreal Canadiens to become the first U.S. hockey team to win the Stanley Cup.

1939
Oregon defeats Ohio State 46–33 to win the first NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

1964
The Good Friday Earthquake, the strongest known earthquake in American history, measuring 8.4 on the Richter scale, hits Alaska, killing some 130 people.
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