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APA Historical Database: Selected Entries

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1873 — Charles S. Myers was born. Myers was a founder of the British Journal of Psychology and was a pioneer in British applied and industrial psychology.

1889 — Harvey Lehmann was born. Lehmann concentrated on studies of play in children and studies of causes of variation in the age of maximum achievement of different skills.

1915 — Nicholas Hobbs was born. Hobbs founded the nation's first mental retardation training program, stimulated Project Head Start, and founded programs in homelike centers for children with emotional disorders. APA President, 1966; APA Awards for Distinguished Contributions in the Public Interest and Distinguished Professional Contributions to Public Service, 1980.

1930 — Charles G. Matthews was born. Matthews has been the director of the prominent program in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. His service as an educator, journal editor, administrator, and policymaker were recognized by the APA Award for Distinguished Contribution to Education and Training in Psychology in 1992.

1947 — Gerald P. Koocher was born. Koocher is recognized for his service activities in children's legal rights, services to families of severely ill children, and the education and protection of consumers of mental health services. APA Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions, 1992.

1963 — Tolman Hall, the psychology building on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, was formally dedicated. Berkeley President Clark Kerr, University of California Chancellor Edward W. Strong, and Berkeley Provost Ernest R. Hilgard spoke at the occasion.

1964 — New York tavern manager Kitty Genovese was murdered as she returned to her apartment in the early morning. None of the more than 30 witnesses intervened to help her. The murder stimulated decades of social psychological studies of bystander intervention.

1965 — The first Conference on Professional and Social Issues in Psychology began at the Drake Hotel in Chicago. The meeting was called by the Los Angeles Society of Clinical Psychologists because of perceived neglect of professional and social issues by the APA. The group eventually became Division 31 (State Psychological Association Affairs) of the APA.

1967 — The North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Education was incorporated, shortly following association's first annual meeting.

1967 — The state of North Dakota adopted its licensure law for psychologists.

Copyright © 1995, American Psychological Association. Web version by permission. Source: Street, W. R. (1994). A Chronology of Noteworthy Events in American Psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. The American Psychological Association and Central Washington University have supported the development of the APA Historical Database.

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