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On this day: May 3

Published On: May 03 2013 12:09:25 AM CDT   Updated On: May 03 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

Washington, D.C., is incorporated, Joe DiMaggio makes his major-league debut, the Sears Tower becomes the tallest building in the world, and the first spam email is sent, all on this day.

OTD May 3 - Denton Cooley
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1968: Dr. Denton Cooley of the Texas Heart Institute performs the first successful heart transplant in the United States on Everett Thomas, whose heart was damaged from rheumatic heart disease. Thomas lived for 204 days with the heart donated from a 15-year-old girl. In 1969, Cooley would become the first heart surgeon to implant an artificial heart into a human.

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