Good morning. Today is Saturday, the 4th day of April. It's the 95th day of the year. This is a leap year, so there are 270 days remaining in 2020. On the Jewish calendar, today is the 10th day of Nisan in the year 5780.
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Today in History
It was on this day in 1969 that the first successful artificial heart transplant was performed by Dr. Denton Cooley.
The heart was the first fully artificial heart developed and transplanted. It was designed by Dr. Domingo Santo Liotta, a pioneer of heart devices. The patient, Haskell Karp, lived for 65 hours on an artificial heart. The implant was a small, but very significant milestone in the science of cardiac repair and transplants. In 1969, Dr. Cooley shared the American Medical Association's Award of Excellence with Dr. Domingo. Cooley and Dr. Michael DeBakey are universally recognized as the developers of the most innovative cardiac surgery techniques. However, Cooley and the legendary heart surgeon Dr. Michael DeBakey had a professional rivalry that lasted more than 40 years. They made amends in a public rapprochement on November 7, 2007, when DeBakey was 99 years old (Cooley was 87).
In the HBO film Something The Lord Made, Dr. Cooley was portrayed by Timothy J. Scanlin, Jr. Cooley reportedly answered in the affirmative when a lawyer during a trial asked him if he considered himself to be the best heart surgeon in the world. "Don't you think that's being rather immodest?" the lawyer replied. "Perhaps." Dr. Cooley responded. "But remember I'm under oath."
Today's Birthday Boys and Girls
Today is the birthday of Thaddeus Stevens (1792), Dorothea Dix (1802), Karl Wilhelm Siemens (1823), Margaret Oliphant (1828), Tad Lincoln (1853), Arthur Murray (1895), John Cameron Swayze (1906), Frances Langford (1914), Muddy Waters (1915), Roland "Doc" Bunge (1920), Cloris Leachman (1926), Maya Angelou (1928), Anthony Perkins (1932), Craig T. Nelson (1946), Christine Lahti (1950), David Gavurin (1963), Robert Downey, Jr. (1965), Nancy McKeon (1966), David Blaine (1973), Heath Ledger (1979), and Jamie Lynn Spears (1991).
On Wall Street
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Earth and All Spheres
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We are under a waxing crescent moon. At the time you accessed this page, its exact age was 11 days, 0 hours, and 51 minutes. We will be under a new moon again on Wednesday, April 22nd at 11:56 AM CDT. The moon will reach full luminescence on Tuesday, April 7th at 5:33 PM. For now, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter are visible in the night sky. Mars, seen in the southern sky, is clearly visible and its red glow clearly identifies it. It can be seen beginning at nightfall; it moves slowly in a westerly fashion before disappearing. Mercury can be seen in the eastern sky just before dawn.
We are under the sign of Aries in the 105th day of winter, which arrived in the Northern Hemisphere on December 21st at 10:19 PM CDT with the occurrence of the Winter Solstice, marked by the shortest day of the year. Winter will end on March 19st at 10:50 PM CDT with the occurrence of the Spring Equinox. For today, our sunrise and sunset times are 7:01 AM and 7:40 PM, giving us 12 hours and 39 minutes of daylight. For now, we're on Standard Time. We will switch to Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, March 10th at 1:00 AM when Santa Claus will magically roll our clocks forward to 2:00 AM, following the NIST standard.
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I've always felt that I did well as a student because I lacked confidence.
Dr. Denton Cooley
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