April 4


On the balcony of the Motel Lorraine

Martin Luther King Jr, civil rights leader, killed today in 1968. 

There is an interesting take on this story, written at the time of its 50th anniversary, in Russia Today. Click here)

Amber pages:

Today, in 1896, the Yukon Gold Rush began... the northern branch of the California Gold Rush, which then grew into the Great San Francisco Grape Fraud, and is still continuing today, on blank walls in cyberspace filled up with advertising, in Silicone Enhancement Valley...

Marguerite Duras, French author, born today in 1914

Marguerite Annie Johnson (Maya Angelou sounds so much more... authorial?  authoritative? authorised?), born today in 1928 ... (click here for a surprising Ghana connection)

NATO established, today in 1949. The twelve countries that formed the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation were Belgium, Britain, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and the United States. Since then it has grown to twenty-nine, Greece and Turkey joining in 1952, Germany in 1955, Spain in 1982, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland in 1999, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia in 2004, Albania and Croatia in 2009, and Montenegro in 2017.

The first artificial heart transplant was performed, today in 1969, in Houston, Texas, by Dr. Denton Cooley. You thought this was done by Christian Barnard? But that was the transplant of an authentic human heart, sixteen months earlier, in South Africa (see December 3). This one was artificial, and the recipient was one Haskell Karp, aged 47, from Skokie, Illinois. It lasted 16 hours, then failed, after which a donor was found with a real heart and that was transplanted in its place. It last 32 hours.
   And just to add one more name to my list of Sherpa Ten-Zings, Dr. Michael E. DeBakey probably ought to get a mention too. To read about the way Sir Edmund Cooley effectively pushed Sherpa DeBakey off the summit of Mount Transplant, click here

And finally, irresistibly, this (my cartoon, much fun making it(:

That's a Z on a triple-letter + ... no, you can't get to 1993

What did he invent? Here are your letters - LBABRCES - work it out!

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