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On This Day in 1968: Surgeons conduct UK's first heart transplant

Donald Ross

Britain's first heart transplant was successfully carried out today by a team of 18 doctors and nurses at the National Heart Hospital in Marylebone, London. The operation, which was led by South African-born surgeon Donald Ross, was undertaken on an unnamed 45-year-old man.
It took more than seven hours to complete, unfortunately he died 46 days after receiving the donor heart.



On This Day in 2000: Leading Stock Exchanges Plan Merger


The London Stock Exchange and Germany's Deutsche Boerse confirmed they were to merge, creating the world's second largest stock market. The combined firms would be called iX, standing for International Exchanges.
Just four months later, the merger between the two exchanges floundered.





On This Day in 1798: Charles Tennant born, Scottish chemist and Industrialist (d. 1838)

Charles Tennant

Tennant's great discovery was bleaching powder(chloride of lime) for which he took a patent in 1799. The process involved reacting chlorine and dry slaked lime to form bleaching powder, a mixture of calcium hypochlorite and other derivatives.
The chemical business founded by Tennant became known as the United Alkali CompanyLtd, and eventually merged with others in 1926 to form the chemical giant Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI).




On This Day in 1968: The Beach Boys opened their US tour

Beach Boys

The Beach Boys opened their US tour on which the co-headliner was Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The second half of the concert which featured the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, lectured the audience on "spiritual regeneration." The reaction was so negative, more than half of the remaining tour dates were cancelled.

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