1874 On Feb. 26, the Library of Congress received its copy of the first issue of the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease.
1903 Carl Jung, ever the symbolist, married Emma Rauschenbach on Valentine's Day.
1985 In Ake v. Oklahoma, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Feb. 26 that, in cases in which a defendant's sanity may become an issue, he or she has a right to obtain psychiatric help in preparing an insanity defense. If necessary, the service must be provided at public expense. In this case, Glen B. Ake was accused of two murders and could not obtain a psychiatric evaluation.
1995 The first prescription written by a practicing psychologist legally trained to prescribe psychoactive drugs was written on Feb. 10 by U.S. Navy Commander John L. Sexton, PhD. The prescription was for 30 100-mg. tablets of Sertraline, an antidepressant that acts by blocking the reuptake of serotonin.
Source: APA Historical Database, created and maintained by Warren R. Street, Central Washington University, and published as "A Chronology of Noteworthy Events in American Psychology" (APA, 1994).