Browsing: April 4

A Brief History On April 4, 1969, Dr. Denton Cooley performed surgery to implant the first artificial (temporary) heart in history! Digging Deeper Dr. Cooley was a renowned heart surgeon and founder of the Texas Heart Institute. Having worked with Dr. Michael DeBakey (another renowned heart surgeon that invented the pump that makes heart surgery possible), Cooley was part of the team that performed the first heart transplant in the United States as well as his artificial heart work.  He also pioneered techniques using artificial heart valves which reduced mortality in heart valve replacement surgery from 70% to 8%! Unfortunately,…

A Brief History On April 4, 1841 a stunned nation learned that for the first time in American history a serving president died while in office! Digging Deeper William Henry Harrison from Ohio gave his inaugural address bareheaded despite poor weather.  Perhaps because of this blunder, the new president contracted pneumonia and died 31 days later, becoming the first president to die in office and the president with the shortest time served. A total of 8 US presidents have died in office over the 238 years of our nation’s history, and the weirdest part of that is that 4 of them…

From the Series Lil’ History Chips On April 4, 1964, the Beatles, also known as “the Fab Four” or “the Mop Tops,” dominated the Billboard Hot 100 chart with songs in each of the top 5 positions!   This incredible display of rock music domination is a feat that had never matched before or even since for that matter.   Defying all precedence, the band also had an additional 7 hits in lower positions on the chart for a total of 12 top 100 hits at one time!  Not even Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll himself, ever achieved this. The facts listed above should give an indication to everyone…