The ad is from 1959; March of Dimes was formed in 1938 and the Salk vaccine against polio went public in 1955. With polio out of the way (and hopefully eradicated on this planet next year, courtesy of philanthropic efforts to act globally), March of Dimes has added focus to premature births.
Private Presley celebrates the passing of his first year in the Army with an ‘Over the Hump’ party held on base at the end of March 1959. With all the hard work Colonel Parker was doing to keep Elvis’s music and acting careers on track, the cartoon depicting Parker pushing Elvis over the hump was definitely appropriate.
On this day in 1935, Lhamo Dondrub was born in Amdo, Tibet to a farming family. At aged two, the young child was recognised as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso. Upon becoming the 14th Dalai Lama in 1939, the child was renamed Tenzin Gyatso. In Tibetan Buddhism, Dalai Lamas are believed to be manifestations of Avalokiteshvara - the bodhisattva of compassion and Tibet’s patron saint. Bodhisattvas are enlightened beings who have postponed their nirvana to remain on earth and assist humanity. Aged six, Gyatso began monastic education, which instructed him in the finer workings of Buddhist philosophy. In 1950, the fifteen year old Dalai Lama became the political leader of Tibet, and led negotiations with the Chinese after their invasion of his country. Peace talks were unsuccessful, and in 1959 the Chinese government brutally suppressed a Tibetan uprising. This led to fears for the Dalai Lama’s safety, and in March 1959 he and twenty of his entourage fled the capital, Lhasa, and embarked on a fifteen day journey on
foot over the Himalayan mountains to Dharamsala in India
where they had been offered asylum. Despite initial fears he had not survived the journey, the Dalai Lama eventually crossed into India. He was followed by around 80,000 Tibetans who also settled in ‘Little Lhasa’, which has become
the home to the Tibetan government-in-exile. Tibet remains under
Chinese rule, and the Dalai Lama continues to try to find a peaceful
negotiation for Tibetan self rule; he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his efforts.