... 1947 (60 years ago today), Hillary Diane Rodham (right) was born in Chicago to a businessman and a homemaker. Growing up in a conservative household in suburban Park Ridge, she was a Goldwater Girl inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr. As a student at Yale Law School, she met the man whom she would marry and with whom she would move to Arkansas, where he served twice as Governor. A Senator from New York since 2001, Hillary Clinton was 1st Lady during Bill Clinton's tenure as U.S. President. She is now seeking to succeed her husband as the next Democrat to serve as President of the United States.
... 1977 (30 years ago today), smallpox struck for the last time, as "a hospital cook in Merka, Somalia" contracted "variola minor." The case marked the final eradication of smallpox, and a victory for a concerted campaign of vaccination.