Today is Dec. 3.
Yesterday, we told you of the first person to get a permanent artificial heart. It was on this date in 1967 that the first successful heart transplant was performed -- by Dr. Christiaan Barnard at Capetown, South Africa. While the technology involving artificial heart technology never has quite panned out, transplants of real human hearts have become widely accepted surgery -- with some patients living with their new hearts for many years.
This is the anniversary of the world's worst industrial accident. Toxic gas leaked from a Union Carbide pesticide factory in Bhopal, India, on this date in 1984, causing people to drop in their tracks. The disaster was eventually blamed for 2,889 deaths.
Months later, Union Carbide's CEO, who was kept in his job to clean up the corporate mess, had turned into a near-recluse who said he couldn't go to restaurants or shows because he felt it would be offensive to other people to see him having a good time.
White House Chief of Staff John Sununu resigned on this date in 1991. The former New Hampshire governor later became a CNN political commentator. And his son, John Jr., was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Oberlin College in Ohio opened with an enrollment of 29 men and 15 women on this date in 1833. It was the nation's first truly co-educational college.
And the Ford Motor Co. raised the pay of its employees from $5 to $7 a day on this date in 1929. For the time, it was quite a salary hike ---especially considering the American stock market had collapsed only a month earlier.
We now return you to the present, already in progress.