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1895 D.D. Palmer reportedly performs the first chiropractic adjustment.
1895 The X-ray is discovered by Wilhelm C. Roentgen.
1896 Richard Sears begins the R.W. Sears Watch Company in Minneapolis. His company would become Sears Roebuck.
1897 Dow Chemical and Goodyear Tire and Rubber Companies are founded.
1899 D.D. Palmer and a Davenport, Iowa, allopathic physician feud and the struggle between chiropractic and allopathic medicine begins.
1900 The Olds Company opens in Detroit.
1902 JC Penney Co. begins as the Golden Rule Dry Goods Store in Kremmerer, Wyo.
1906 The Universal Chiropractors’ Association (UCA), the earliest ancestor of today’s ACA, is organized in Davenport, Iowa, as a legal protective society for DCs.
1906 D.D. Palmer is found guilty of practicing medicine without a license and serves 23 days in Scott County Jail.
1910 B. J. Palmer introduces x-ray to the chiropractic profession at the Palmer School of Chiropractic.
1915 North Dakota and Arkansas are the first states to issue chiropractic licenses.
1921 Time Magazine and Reader’s Digest begin publication.
1922 More than 80 chiropractic schools are in operation. Enrollment at Palmer School tops 3,000.
1930 A merger of the Universal Chiropractic Association and an older ACA forms the National Chiropractic Association, today’s ACA.
1944 The NCA founds the Chiropractic Research Foundation (today’s FCER).
1952 IBM introduces the first commercial computer.
1954 NASA is born
1954 Bill Luckey begins publishing a periodic newsletter, the antecedent of today’s Chiropractic Economics.
1954 U.S. Supreme Court rules that segregation of schools violates the 14th amendment.
1958 Chiropractic Economics debuts as a magazine published six times per year.
1958 The Chiropractic Research Foundation, organized under the auspices of the National Chiropractic Association (NCA) as a nonprofit philanthropic agency in 1944, is reorganized as the Foundation for Accredited Chiropractic Education.
1958 Two public relations films become available to promote chiropractic.
1959 Alaska and Hawaii are admitted to the union as the 49th and 50th states.
1961 B.J. Palmer, son of the founder of chiropractic and founder of the ICA, passes away.
1962 Palmer College of Chiro-practic begins teaching liberal arts courses.
1963 President Kennedy is assassinated on November 22, 1963.
1963 Chiropractic becomes legal in New York state.
1963 Today’s NBCE is chartered. It will give its first exams in 1965.
1964 The ACA’s director of education warns Chiropractic Economics readers about the AMA’s intent to eliminate chiropractic.
1965 Medicare is established, providing hospital and medical benefits to people over 65 and financed through Social Security.
1968 The ACA and ICA respond to a biased report by the Dept. of Health, Education and Welfare, which recommends against including chiropractic in Medicare.
1969 Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to walk on the surface of the moon.
1970 The presidents of leading straight chiropractic colleges form the original Association of Chiropractic Colleges and seek to form an accrediting agency independent of either the ACA or ICA.
1971 Nike is founded.
1971 The CCE is chartered as an independent body, separate from the American Chiropractic Association.
1972 Money Magazine is launched
1974 The U.S. Office of Education approves the CCE as the accrediting agency for chiropractic education.
1974 President Nixon resigns and Gerald Ford, an appointed Vice President, becomes President.
1974 Louisiana becomes the last state to enact a chiropractic licensing statute.
1975 The first interdisciplinary meeting to review the “Research Status of Spinal Manipulative Therapy” is convened by the National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Diseases and Stroke (NINCDS), marking the beginning of chiropractic research.
1976 Chester A. Wilk, DC, and four co-plaintiffs sue the AMA for violating anti-trust laws.
1978 In March 1978 the first issue of the Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) is published.
1978 David D. Palmer, the grandson of the founder of chiropractic, dies at age 71.
1980 The Association for the History of Chiropractic is established.
1981 The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) becomes the first (and still only) chiropractic periodical to be indexed by the National Library of Medicine in Index Medicus.
1987 Federal district Judge Susan Getzendanner rules in favor of DCs in the second trial of Wilk et al. vs. AMA et al. Her ruling will be sustained by higher courts.
1988 A merger between the ICA and the ACA fails.
1988 FAX machines appear as an integral business tool.
1990 The U.S. Court of Appeals upholds the lower court’s ruling that the AMA was guilty of conspiracy.
1990 The Berlin Wall is torn down.
1995 Chiropractic Economics gets a new look and a new publisher, TDG.
1995 Chiropractic celebrates its 100th birthday in celebrations around the world.
1997 Chiropractic Economics launches its annual Salary and Expense and Fees and Reimbusements Surveys.
1998 ACA files suit against the federal government to protect patients’ rights to receive chiropractic care under Medicare.
1999 Nations around the world prepare to deal with Y2K (year 2000) computer problems.
2000 ACA files Trigon lawsuit for discriminatory reimbursement policies.
2004 A major U.S. government study shows that 40 million have used chiropractic and consumer demand for alternative healthcare is increasing.
2004 Chiropractic Economics celebrates 50 years in
 
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