02 September-First Human Heart Transplant

Christiaan Barnard was a cardiac surgeon who was a native of South Africa. He performed the first successful heart transplant operation on December 3rd 1967. The operation ushered in a new era of life extending surgery.

Christiaan Neethling Barnard was born in Beaufort West, Cape Province, South Africa on November 8th 1922. He studied medicine at University of Cape Town Medical School and graduated in 1945. He later studied at the University of Minnesota where he was awarded a PhD in 1958. He returned to South Africa in 1958 as senior cardiothoracic surgeon at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town.

For several years Barnard carried out extensive experimentation on heart transplantation in dogs. On December 3rd 1963 he performed the world’s first human heart transplant. The operation was performed on 54 year old Louis Washkansky who had incurable heart disease. The heart came from a young woman who had been fatally injured in a traffic accident.

Louis Washkansky survived for 18 days. He died of pneumonia as he was taking immunosuppressive drugs. As time went on transplant operations carried out by Barnard became more successful. In 1971 Dirk van Zyl received a new heart. He survived for over 23 years. Barnard developed rheumatoid arthritis in his hands and retired in 1983.

Christiaan Barnard who performed the first successful human heart transplant operation on December 3rd 1967, died aged 78 in the year 2001 On This Day.

Groote Schuur Hospital Innovation Hub

12 May-Perry Como

Perry Como was an award winning singer and television personality who was a native of America. He became one of the most popular and best-selling entertainers during a career which lasted over six decades. Como’s easy-going, relaxed style and baritone voice appealed to a wide audience. He was the recipient of several awards and has three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Perry Como was born Pierino Ronald Como in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania on May 18th 1912. Having worked for a time as a barber he began singing with orchestras and performing on radio shows during the 1930’s. He later pioneered the weekly musical variety television show. Como was one of the most commercially successful singers of his era. During his career he produced numerous hit records including ‘It’s Impossible’ in 1970.

Perry Como, award winning singer and television personality died at his home in Florida in the year 2001 On This Day.

 

 

 

 

29 December-New Year Honours List

Daniel O’Donnell is a singer-songwriter and television presenter who is a native of Co Donegal, Ireland. The recipient of numerous awards he was awarded an Honorary MBE by Queen Elizabeth II. The award was made in recognition of his services to the music industry.

John Rocha is a famous fashion designer based in Ireland. Rocha has been the recipient of several awards and was made a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire). The award was made in recognition of his long-standing contribution to the fashion industry.

Daniel O’Donnell was listed for an Honorary MBE and John Rocha was listed for a CBE in the year 2001 On This Day.

Daniel O’Donnell

John Rocha

 

 

10 December-Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’ is a film based on first volume of The Lord of the Rings. The Lord of the Rings is a fantasy novel which was written by J R R Tolkien. It was published in three volumes over a 15 month period from July 1954 to October 1955. The publication of The Fellowship of the Ring in 1954 was followed by The Two Towers and The Return of the King.

When the ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’ was released in 2001 it was highly acclaimed. In 2002 it was nominated for thirteen Academy Awards and was the winner of four. The film has been a huge financial success, earning to date over $800 million dollars worldwide.

‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’ was premiered at the Odeon Leicester Square in London in the year 2001 On This Day.

Lord of the Rings

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The Lord of the Ring – The Fellowship of the Rings by ~Beekeeper~ on 2011-07-16 16:18:12