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1949 – Anne Smith, Dr. Bob’s wife, died.
2002- Caroline Knapp, author of “Drinking: A Love Story” died sober
of lung cancer.
1940 – Ebby Thatcher took a job at the NY Worlds Fair.
1940 – The first AA Group in Richmond, VA, was formed.
1979 – AA gave the two-millionth copy of the Big Book to Joseph
Califano, then Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare. It was
presented by Lois Wilson, Bill’s wife, in New York.
1939 – Bill and Lois Wilson had an argument, the first of two times
Bill almost slipped.
1941 – The first AA Group in St. Paul, Minnesota, was formed.
1941 – Three AA’s started a group in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
1935 – The date that is celebrated as Dr. Bob’s last drink and the
official founding date of AA. There is some evidence that the
founders, in trying to reconstruct the history, got the date wrong
and it was actually June 17.
1945 – Twenty-five hundred attend AA’s 10th Anniversary in Cleveland,
1969 – Dr. Bob’s granddaughter, Bonna, daughter of Sue Smith and
Ernie Galbraith (The Seven Month Slip in the First Edition) killed
herself after first killing her six-year-old child.
1971 – Ernie Galbraith died.
1940 – First AA Group in Baltimore, MD, was formed.
1938 – Jim Burwell, “The Vicious Cycle” in Big Book, had his last
1942 – New York AA groups sponsored the first annual NY area
meeting. Four hundred and twenty-four heard Dr. Silkworth and AA
1940 – One hundred attended the first meeting in the first AA
clubhouse at 334-1/2 West 24th St., New York City.
1942 – Columnist Earl Wilson reported that NYC Police Chief Valentine
sent six policemen to AA and they sobered up. “There are fewer
suicides in my files,” he commented.
1944 – The first Issue of the AA Grapevine was published.
1938 – Two Rockefeller associates told the press about the Big
Book “Not to bear any author’s name but to be by ‘Alcoholics
1939 – The New York Times reviewer wrote that the Big Book is “more
soundly based psychologically than any other treatment I have ever
1935 – Bill Dotson. (AA #3) entered Akron’s City Hospital for his
last detox and his first day of sobriety.
1935 – Dr. Bob and Bill Wilson visited Bill Dotson at Akron’s City
1941 – Ruth Hock showed Bill Wilson the Serenity Prayer and it was
adopted readily by AA.
2000 – More than 47,000 from 87 countries attended the opening
meeting of the 65th AA Anniversary in Minneapolis, MN.
Other significant events in June for which we have no specific date:
1948 – A subscription to the AA Grapevine was donated to the Beloit,
Wisconsin, Public Library by a local AA member.
1981 – AA in Switzerland held its 25th Anniversary Convention with
Lois Wilson and Nell Wing in attendance.
Many thanks to Billy C. of Annapolis for the post!
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