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September 13, 1938. "What next? Unborn baby's heartbeat broadcast from Washington hospital. As part of an educational program, the heartbeats of an unborn baby were broadcast today from Georgetown University Hospital. This was made possible by the use of a specially designed microphone placed on the chest of the expectant mother, Addie Gonyea, shown with (left to right) Dr. J.G. Burd, Dr. John Cavanagh, announcer Bill Coyle of the N.B.C. and Dr. Henry B. Gwynn." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.
April 6, 1939. "Co-ed queen of rifle shooters. Jean Yocum, George Washington University co-ed, has won the Women's Individual Intercollegiate Rifle Championship, according to the National Rifle Association. Her score of 496 out of a possible 500 gave the individual title to a G.W. girl for the first time since 1929. Although this is only Miss Yocum's second year of shooting, she has maintained an average of 99 out of a possible 100 in all matches." View full size.