On this day: April 4

Published On: Apr 02 2013 05:57:21 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 04 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT

A Kansas town elects the first woman mayor in the U.S., The Beatles make history in dominating the charts, a civil rights leader is gunned down, and the World Trade Center is dedicated, all on this day.

OTD April 4 - artificial heart
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Smithsonian Institution

1969: Dr. Denton Cooley implants the first temporary artificial heart at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston, Texas. The recipient, a dying man named Haskell Karp, lived for 64 hours with the artificial heart until a human heart was available for transplant. However, he died 32 hours after receiving a real heart. The original prototype of the artificial heart used in the operation is displayed in the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

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