LifeShare Blood Centers Celebrates 70 Years

With World War II raging in Europe and the Pacific, resources of all kinds were scarce. Dried plasma was desperately needed to support the war effort and the community. Despite war-induced shortages, the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce received a U.S. Government High Priority approval rating to obtain the building materials and equipment needed to open a blood center.

On June 17th, LifeShare Blood Centers will officially turn 70 years old. During our seven decades, we’ve seen a lot.

  • November 28, 1942 – The American classic film Casablanca released.
  • June 6, 1944 – Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, France; D-Day.
  • April 15, 1947 – Jackie Robinson breaks the color barrier in baseball, making his MLB debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • October 2, 1950 – The comic strip Peanuts, by Charles Schultz, is first published.
  • September 27, 1954 – The Tonight Show debuts on NBC, starring original host Steve Allen.
  • April 12, 1955 – Dr. Jonas Salk’s polio vaccine is declared safe and effective.
  • September 9, 1957 – The Civil Rights Act of 1957 signed into effect by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
  • July 29, 1958 – National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) founded.
  • 1959 – Alaska and Hawaii become the 49th and 50th states of the USA.
  • May 5, 1961 – Alan Shepard pilots the Freedom 7, becoming the first American in space.
  • August 28, 1963 – Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D.C.
  • January 15, 1967 – The Green Bay Packers win the first Super Bowl, defeating the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10.
  • July 21, 1969 – Neil Armstrong sets foot on the moon.
  • April 8, 1974 – Hank Aaron hits career home-run number 715; breaking Babe Ruth’s record.
  • October 14, 1977 – The Atari 2600 goes on sale, beginning the popularization of the video game industry.
  • September 21, 1981 – Sandra Day O’Connor becomes the first woman appointed the United States Supreme Court.
  • January 28, 1986 – The Space Shuttle Challenger breaks apart, 73 seconds after launch, resulting in the death of all seven crew members on board.
  • December 17, 1989 – The Simpsons premiers on Fox.
  • January 23, 1993 – The Mosaic web browser is released; it is credited with popularizing the World Wide Web.
  • October 3, 1995 – Jury returns a verdict of not guilty in the O.J. Simpson trial.
  • March 10, 2000 – The “dot com bubble” bursts.
  • September 11, 2001 – Nineteen terrorists hijack four planes and crash them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania. Nearly three thousand are killed and more than six thousand are injured.
  • February 4, 2004 – Facebook launches.
  • August 28, 2005 – Hurricane Katrina makes landfall, causing severe destruction along the Gulf Coast from Florida to Texas; resulting in the costliest hurricane in U.S. history ($108 billion).

The journey has taken us through many changes over the years, but one thing that has remained the same is our dependence on the generous, caring people in our communities who share the Gift of Life.

So to you, our donors, patients, and supporters, we say Thank You. We couldn’t have made it this far without you.