02 December 2012

Timeline December 2 & 3

December 2
1594  Gerardus Mercator, Flemish cartographer, died.
1804  Napoleon was crowned emperor of France.
1863  Charles Ringling, American circus owner, was born.
1906  Peter Carl Goldmark, Hungarian-American engineer, who worked on long play phonographic discs and color television technology, was born.
1923  Maria Callas, the legendary American soprano opera singer, was born.
1942  A self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction was demonstrated for the first time at the University of Chicago.

December 3
1842  Charles Alfred Pillsbury, American flour miller and food products manufacturer, was born.
1910  Modern neon lighting was first demonstrated by Georges Claude at the Paris Motor Show.
1967  Surgeons in Cape Town, South Africa, led by Dr. Christiaan Barnard, performed the first human heart transplant. Louis Washkansky lived 18 days with the new heart.

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