Dentist William T. G. Morton (1819-1868) gave the first successful, public demonstration of modern surgical anesthesia on October 16, 1846. Six years later, he was granted an honorary medical degree from Washington University of Medicine (now the University of Maryland School of Medicine.) The centennial of his demonstration was commemorated nationwide. It was celebrated in Dr. Morton's home town, Charlton, Massachusetts, on October 15, 1946. This program is part of the Sidney C. Wiggin, M.D. Collection. Dr. Wiggin was one of the speakers on the program. Another speaker was John S. Lundy, M.D., then President of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.