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this day in Herstory
7/9/2011 - DB Metzger

The first heart operation takes place and helicopter passenger service begins. Dick Clark makes his first appearance on American Bandstand. Comedian Richard Pryor suffers a meltdown from a cocaine (not prescribed) binge. Happy Birthday, Elias Howe (inventor of sewing machine) Journalist Dorothy Thompson and scientist Mathilda Krim. And of course that great american O.J. Simpson.

1878 An improved corncob pipe patented by Henry Tibbe of Missouri

1893 Daniel H. Williams performs "world's first successful heart operation". Well, there is some controversy.

1918 101 killed & 171 injured in worst US train wreck, Nashville, Tennessee

1918 US Army's Distinguished Service Cross authorized

1953 The first helicopter passenger service begins in NYC

1956 Dick Clark makes his first appearance as host of American Bandstand.

1958 Casey stengel testifies at a congressional anti-trust committee. Hereís the Stengelese Enjoy. .

1979 Voyager 2 flies past Jupiter.

1980 comedian Richard Pryor suffers near fatal burns during a cocaine binge.

1986 Attorney General Commission, the Meese reporton Pornography links hard-core porn to sex crimes

1992 Newsman Eric Severieid dies. The next year John Chancellor ends his 43 year career at NBC. Don Hewitt recently stepped down after 36 years at 60 minutes. Hereís an interview with Hewitt about recent changes in broadcast news.

Notable Birthdays

1802 Thomas Davenport was born Heís the inventor of the first commercial electric motor. But what about his wifeís cousin Emily.

1811 Sara Payson Willis Parton (writer, columnist) better known as Fanny Fern.

1819 Elias Howe, the Heís the inventor of the sewing machine.

1842 Clara Kellogg (opera singer)

1858 Anthropologist Franz Boas established a new theory of culture and race.

1894 Dorothy Thompson (journalist) first one to be expelled from Nazi Germany.

1926 Mathilde Krim (medical researcher, health educator, AIDS researcher and fundraise

1937 David Hockney English pop artist

1947 Orenthal James Simpson The moral of the tale is good lawyers count and donít get jealous while on steroids.

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