May 9th, 2005


This Day in History, 1960: The Pill

Forty-five years ago today, on May 9, 1960, the United States Food and Drug Administration approved sale of female oral contraceptives, commonly known as "The Pill." Specifically, the FDA approved the contraceptive called Envoid. The pills had to be taken daily for 20 days out of every month. A month's supply cost $10.80.

In a newspaper article from the next day's Seattle Post-Intelligencer, an FDA official was quoted as saying the following: “Approval was based on the question of safety .... When the data convinced our experts that the drug meets the requirements of the new drug provisions our own ideas of morality had nothing to do with the case.” (Cf.

The Pill is often credited as being one of the major causes behind the sexual revolution of the 1960s.

Time Traveler Convention: A Report From the Past

Well, Nomi and I attended the Time Traveler Convention this past weekend. What do you expect? I'm a science fiction writer. If there's going to be a time traveler convention practically in my own backyard, I'm going to attend. Despite the late hour it was being held on Saturday night (well, late for us), we decided that the very tiny possibility that time travelers might show up made attending worthwhile.

Unfortunately, we didn't get to see as much of the event as we would have liked, due to our own personal religious practices. And for the same reason, we were almost completely turned away. Let me explain.

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Nomi and I left the Time Traveler Convention at 10:45 PM and were home by 11:30 PM. And before you ask, no, we didn't see you there. (Well, unless you were Nomi's co-worker. What I mean is, no, your future self didn't manage to travel back in time to attend.)

One final thought -- I would have loved to have snuck in a British Police Box from the 1960s...