Posts By Rebecca Topol

  1. Calendar of Cool: First Open-Heart Surgery

    Daniel Hale Williams

    This Wednesday, July 9, marks the 121st anniversary of the first open-heart surgery. A man with a knife in his chest was brought to Dr. Daniel Hale Williams at Provident Hospital in Chicago. Using no anesthesia, Dr. Williams removed the knife and repaired the heart of the patient, who lived for years after the procedure. […]

  2. Calendar of Cool: First National Braille Challenge

    Olivia

    Today marks the 13th anniversary of the first-ever National Braille Challenge. The National Braille Challenge is a unique academic competition created to encourage blind children to learn Braille, the written alphabet used by the blind. The competition tests students’ skills in various language arts subjects, and is open to students from the U.S. and Canada. […]

  3. Calendar of Cool: First Ice Cream Factory Opens

    Ice cream scientist

    On June 15, 1851, chef Jacob Fusseli opened the first ice cream factory in the world. The United States now leads the world in ice-cream production, churning out 1.6 billion gallons a year, all thanks to that humble Pennsylvania factory. In modern factories, scientists and engineers spend countless hours making sure the ice cream is […]

  4. Board Games

    Hi! This is Becky, one of the newest members of the Cache and Cookies blog team. Starting next week I’ll be bringing you the Calendar of Cool, which will detail something  interesting, significant, or just plain cool from history or the modern day. This week, however, I wanted to talk about something that has existed […]