This Day In History
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
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in 1842

Anesthesia is used for the first time, in an operation by the American surgeon Dr. Crawford Long. Long used ether for the first time on March 30, 1842 to remove a tumor from the neck of a patient, James M. Venable, in Jefferson, Georgia. Long subsequently removed a second tumor from Venable and used ether as an anesthetic in amputations and childbirth. The results of these trials were published in 1849 in The Southern Medical and Surgical Journal. An original copy of this publication is held in the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
anesthesia, ether, Crawford Long

in 1867

The original check used to pay for Alaska, worth $7.2 million
The original check used to pay for Alaska, worth $7.2 million
Alaska is purchased from Russia for $7.2 million, about 2 cent/acre ($4.19/km²), by United States Secretary of State William H. Seward. The Alaska Purchase was the acquisition of the Alaska territory by the United States from Russia in the year 1867 by a treaty ratified by the Senate. The purchase, made at the initiative of United States Secretary of State William H. Seward, gained 586,412 square miles (1,518,800 km²) of new United States territory. Originally organized as the Department of Alaska, the area was successively the District of Alaska and the Alaska Territory before becoming the modern state of Alaska upon being admitted to the Union as a state in 1959.
Alaska

in 1939

The Heinkel He 100...
The Heinkel He 100 fighter sets a world airspeed record of 746.606 km/h (463.919 mph). The Heinkel He 100 was a German pre-World War II fighter aircraft design from Heinkel. Although it proved to be one of the fastest fighter aircraft in the world at the time of its development, the design was not ordered into series production. Approximately 19 prototypes and pre-production machines were built. The reason for the failure of the He 100 to reach production status is subject to debate. None are known to have survived the war.
Heinkel He 100, fighter





Births

in 1853
Vincent van Gogh

Vincent Willem van Gogh was a Dutch post-Impressionist painter whose work, notable for its rough beauty, emotional honesty, and bold color, had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art. After years of painful anxiety and frequent bouts of mental illness, he died at the age of 37 from a gunshot wound, generally accepted to be self-inflicted (although no gun was ever found). His work was then known to only a handful of people and appreciated by fewer still.
in 1968
Celine Dion

Céline Marie Claudette Dion is a Canadian singer. Born to a large family from Charlemagne, Quebec, Dion emerged as a teen star in the French-speaking world after her manager and future husband René Angélil mortgaged his home to finance her first record. In 1990, she released the English-language album Unison, establishing herself as a viable pop artist in North America and other English-speaking areas of the world.

Deaths

in 1950
Leon Blum

André Léon Blum was a French politician, usually identified with the moderate left, and three times Prime Minister of France.
in 2011
Lyudmila Gurchenko

Lyudmila Markovna Gurchenko was a popular Soviet and Russian actress, singer and entertainer.
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