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1918 – The first case of Spanish flu occurs

11 March

The 1918 flu pandemic (January 1918 – December 1920) was an unusually deadly influenza pandemic, the first of the two pandemics involving H1N1 influenza virus. It infected 500 million people across the world, including remote Pacific islands and the Arctic, and resulted in the deaths of 50 to 100 million (three to five percent of the world’s population), making it one of the deadliest natural disasters in human history. Continue reading “1918 – The first case of Spanish flu occurs”

1983 – The final episode of M*A*S*H airs

28 February

“Goodbye, Farewell and Amen” was the final episode of M*A*S*H. Special television sets were placed in PX parking lots, auditoriums, and dayrooms of the U.S. Army in Korea so that military personnel could watch that episode, in spite of 14 hours’ time zone difference with the east coast of the U.S. The episode aired on this day in 1983, and was 2½ hours long. The episode got a Nielsen rating of 60.2 and 77 share and according to a New York Times article from 1983, the final episode of M*A*S*H had 125 million viewers. Continue reading “1983 – The final episode of M*A*S*H airs”

2006 – The last Mobile army surgical hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army

16 February

The Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) refers to a United States Army medical unit serving as a fully functional hospital in a combat area of operations. Continue reading “2006 – The last Mobile army surgical hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army”

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