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The History of National Doctors Day

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March 30, 1842

March 30, 1842

In Jefferson GA, Dr. Crawford Long uses ether to anesthetize a patient before Dr. John Collins Warren surgically removes a tumor from the patient's neck.

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March 30, 1933

March 30, 1933

In Winder GA, Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, has the idea to observe Doctors Day on the anniversary of Dr. Collin's and Dr. Long's surgical procedure.

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March 30, 1958

March 30, 1958

A resolution commemorating Doctors Day is adopted by the United States House of Representatives.

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March 30, 1990

March 30, 1990

The United States Senate and House of Representatives pass S.J. RES. #366, which President Bush signs on October 30, 1990 (creating Public Law 101-473), designating Doctors Day as a national holiday.

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February 21, 1991

February 21, 1991

President H.W. Bush issues Proclamation 6253 announcing National Doctors Day.

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March 30, 1991

March 30, 1991

Doctors Day is celebrated for the first time as a national holiday.