A Brief History On December 2, 1982, medical history was made when Barney Clark, a retired dentist, received a Jarvik 7 artificial heart at the University of Utah, the first time an artificial heart was implanted meant as a permanent solution and not just a temporary spot holder until a viable heart for transplant could be found. Digging Deeper Powered by a pump the size of a dehumidifier or larger, the 1980’s version was not exactly a walk around your house back to normal life type of proposition.  Other attempts prior to this had been with devices meant only to…

A Brief History On December 1, 1824, it was determined that the vote for the presidential election of 1824 did not have a winner!  Andrew Jackson of Tennessee had the most popular votes (151,271) and had won the most electoral votes (99), but a candidate needed to win 131 of the 261 available electoral votes in order to be elected president. Digging Deeper The main competition for Jackson, a war hero as well as former governor and senator, known as a man of the people (or a backwoods ruffian, depending on point of view) was a Northern elite, John Quincy…

A Brief History On November 30, 1954, an incredibly unlikely and rare instance of an object from space striking a living human in the United States occurred, perhaps the only verified occurrence in American history when a grapefruit sized meteorite slammed through the roof of an Alabama house and struck a woman sleeping on her couch.  (What a wake up!) Digging Deeper Providing one of the best “It happened to me” stories of all time, the chondrite meteor weighing 5.56 kilograms (over 12 pounds) had created a giant fireball visible from 3 states as it hurtled through the Earth’s atmosphere…

A Brief History On November 29, 800, the Frankish King Charlemagne (aka, Charles I) traveled to Rome and The Vatican to investigate charges of adultery and perjury against Pope Leo III, another soap opera in the long saga of the papacy. Digging Deeper Charlemagne as King of the Franks (France), was seen as the leading Catholic monarch of the time, and as such, the protector of the faith and the Pope.  Leo had been unanimously elected Pope on the death of Pope Adrian I, but the friends and relatives of Adrian apparently resented Leo and undertook to discredit the reigning…

A Brief History On November 28, 1895, the first American auto race took place, the Chicago Times-Herald Race, a 54 mile event with a grand prize of $5000.  (If that prize sounds lame, remember that this is worth over $140,000 in today’s money.) Digging Deeper As the automobile was a new-fangled invention at the time, a proper name for the motorized conveyance had not yet been agreed upon and the Times-Herald called their event a “Moto-cycle Race.”  Originally meant to be a race from Chicago to Milwaukee, the roads of the day were not smooth enough for those primitive cars…

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