After years of research, the American Red Cross released a list of 100 significant dates in American Red Cross history . The Historical Resources Division staff compiled in consultation with members of the American Red Cross Museum Advisory Committee, local chapters, and blood regions.
Here are our top 10 favorites:
December 25, 1821 Clara Barton is born in New Oxford, Massachusetts.
May 21, 1881 Clara Barton & associates establish the American Red Cross.
26 April 14, 1912 Red Cross comes to aid of those who survived the sinking of the Titanic.
June 17, 1917 Red Cross holds first War Fund drive surpassing a goal of $100 million in one week.
February 4, 1941 Red Cross begins National Blood Donor Service to collect blood for the U.S. military with Dr. Charles R. Drew, formerly of the Plasma for Britain program, as medical director.
August 5, 1953 Red Cross aids Operation Big Switch exchange of POWs at end of Korea War hostilities.
October 8, 1965 Red Cross Movement adopts its Seven Fundamental Principles: Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity, & Universality.
February 4, 1991 Elizabeth Dole becomes first woman president of the Red Cross since Clara Barton.
September 11, 2001 Red Cross responds to terrorist attacks by airplane in New York, at the Pentagon, & in rural Pennsylvania.
February 7, 2002 Red Cross joins other groups to launch Measles Initiative, 5-year plan to eradicate the disease in sub-Saharan Africa by immunizing children.
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