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On December third, 1967, surgeons in Cape Town,
South Africa, led by Dr. Christiaan Barnard
performed the first human heart transplant on
Louis Washkansky, who lived 18 days with the new
In 1818, Illinois was admitted as the 21st state.
In 1828, Andrew
Jackson was elected president of the United
In 1833, Oberlin
College in Ohio -- the first truly coeducational
school of higher learning in the United States --
opened its doors.
In 1925, "Concerto in
F," by George Gershwin, had
its world premiere at New York's Carnegie Hall,
with Gershwin himself at the piano.
In 1947, the
Tennessee Williams play "A Streetcar Named
Desire" opened on Broadway.
In 1953, the
musical "Kismet" opened on Broadway.
In 1960, the
musical "Camelot" opened on Broadway.
In 1967, the
"Twentieth Century Limited," the famed
luxury train, completed its final run from New
York to Chicago.
In 1979, eleven
people were killed in a crush of fans at
Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum, where the
British rock group The Who was performing.
In 1984, more than
4,000 people died after a cloud of gas escaped
from a pesticide plant operated by a Union
Carbide subsidiary in Bhopal, India.
Ten years ago:
President Bush and Soviet President Mikhail S.
Gorbachev held the second day of their summit
talks off Malta aboard the Soviet cruise liner
"Maxim Gorky"; the two leaders then
held a joint news conference. East German
Communist leader Egon Krenz, the ruling Politburo
and the party's Central Committee resigned.
Five years ago:
Rebel Serbs in Bosnia failed to keep a pledge to
release hundreds of UN peacekeepers, some of whom
had been held for more than a week. AIDS activist
Elizabeth Glaser, who along with her two children
were infected with HIV because of a blood
transfusion, died in Santa Monica, California, at
One year ago:
Republicans jettisoned campaign fund-raising from
their impeachment inquiry, clearing the way for a
historic House Judiciary Committee vote over
President Clinton's relationship with Monica
Lewinsky and his effort to cover it up.
"There is many a
good man to be found under a shabby hat."