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.
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.
The Statue of Liberty is an American icon, but New York Harbor’s green lady is actually a native of France! The statue was built as a symbol of friendship between France and the United States, and to celebrate the 100th birthday of America. On June 19, 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived in 315 pieces
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
On June 9, 1822, the first patent for false teeth was given to Charles Graham of New York. Before modern dentistry, rotten teeth were much more common –fluoride mouthwash really DOES make a difference! Since dental drills and fillings weren’t available, and an infected tooth could lead to serious illness or even death, rotting teeth
On this day in 1835, famed showman P.T. Barnum and his circus, The Greatest Show on Earth, started their first tour of the U.S. Phineas Taylor Barnum, self-proclaimed Prince of Humbugs, was eager stretch the truth if that’s what it took to gather a crowd. One of his best known humbugs, or tricks, was the
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