On this day: January 3

POSTED: 07:49 PM PST Jan 02, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Jan 02, 2016 

Construction begins on the Brooklyn Bridge, FDR founds the March of Dimes, Apple Computer is incorporated, and Gen. Manuel Noriega surrenders, all on this day.

OTD January 3 - March of Dimes
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March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation

1938: The March of Dimes, initially known as the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, is established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to fight polio. The organization's current name came from its annual fundraising event that requested Americans donate a dime each to the cause. Today, the nonprofit organization continues to work to improve the health of mothers and babies. Roosevelt is seen here counting dimes with Basil O'Connor, president of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.


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