On this day: February 11

Published On: Feb 09 2013 11:59:04 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 11 2014 01:00:00 AM CST

America's first hospital opens, Glenn Miller earns the first gold record, Nelson Mandela is released from prison after 27 years, and Whitney Houston dies, all on this day.

OTD February 11 - Pennsylvania Hospital
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1752: The Pennsylvania Hospital, the first hospital in America, opens in Philadelphia thanks to the efforts of Benjamin Franklin, who was involved in drafting the petition for its establishment and fund-raising. The hospital was chartered in May 1751 as a proposed hospital to include treatment of people with mental illness and received its first patient on Feb. 11, 1752, in temporary quarters in a mansion on Market Street. The hospital's permanent facility (pictured) opened on Dec. 17, 1756, accepting both mentally ill and general medical patients. Besides being the first hospital in America, it is also home to the first surgical amphitheater and first medical library in America.

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