Sunday, February 4, 1962: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Founded by entertainer Danny Thomas, the hospital opens in Memphis, Tennessee. The hospital specializes in treatment of and research into pediatric cancer. Years earlier, Thomas had prayed to St. Jude Thaddeus, patron saint of hopeless causes, and pledged to build a shrine to the saint if he could "help me find my way in life."

* Hospital website: @
* Hospital profile (from National Comprehensive Cancer Network): @
* Slideshow (from Memphis Commercial Appeal): @
* "St. Jude Opens Fulfilling Comic's Vow" (Youngstown Vindicator, February 5): @
* Danny Thomas biography (from The Museum of Broadcast Communications): @

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