September 30, 1907: A letter written by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu complaining about motor car speed traps is published in The Times of London: "By all means let police-traps be placed where there is any reason to think danger may exist, but at present, the police neglect their other duties and look upon trapping as a regular sport".
October 1, 1957: The drug Thalidomide is marketed for the first time in West Germany as a drug to combat morning sickness in pregnant women. It is later sold in at least 46 countries. Worldwide, over 10,000 babies were born with deformities such as phocomelia (shortening of the limbs) and cleft palate caused by the drug crossing the placental barrier, something scientists at the time believed was unlikely. In 1961 German pediatrician Widukind Lenz proved that there was a link between birth defects and Thalidomide and it was withdrawn. Today there is renewed interest in Thalidomide as a treatment for certain cancers, macular degeneration, tuberculosis and conditions caused by AIDS.
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