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APA Historical Database: Selected Entries

On November 14:

1775 — Paul Feuerbach was born. Feuerbach was a German jurist who advocated intimidation through punishment as a deterrent to crime. Feuerbach's methods were based on an early functional approach to behavior.

1835 — The first Canadian facility for the care of people with mental illness opened. The institution, originally erected as a cholera hospital, was the Provincial Asylum in St. John, New Brunswick.

1951 — Fritz Redl and David Wineman's book Children Who Hate was published.

1963 — The Mississippi Psychological Association received its state corporate charter.

1983 — The organizing meeting of the Massachusetts Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology was held at Tufts University. Muriel Weckstein was one of those responsible for the early meetings of the founding group, and was elected first president of the association in 1984.

1986 — Human factors psychologist John Lauber was appointed to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, the first psychologist to serve in this capacity. Lauber had previously served at NASA's Ames Research Center.

1992 — To commemorate its centennial, the APA sealed a time capsule in the ground floor of its building at 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC. Among the contents were letters to the future from the president and the chief executive officer of the APA, predictions of the nature of psychology in 2092, convention photos and programs, data on U.S. psychology departments, and centennial souvenirs.

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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