This Day In History
Saturday, December 15, 2018
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in 1873

The Kennel Club is...
The Kennel Club is founded, the oldest and first official registry of purebred dogs in the world. The Kennel Club ("KC") is the oldest recognized kennel club in the world. Its headquarters is in Clarges Street Mayfair in London with business offices in Aylesbury, United Kingdom. Its role is to act as governing body for various canine activities including dog shows, dog agilty and working trials. It is also operates the national register of pedigree dogs in the United Kingdom and is a lobby group on dog matters in the UK. The Kennel Club registration system divides dogs into seven breed groups. The Kennel Club Groups are: Hound, Working, Terrier, Gundog, Pastoral, Utility and Toy. The Kennel Club currently recognises 210 breeds of dog.
Kennel Club

in 1933

USS Akron (ZRS-4) wrecked...
USS Akron (ZRS-4) wrecked off the New Jersey coast due to severe weather. USS Akron (ZRS-4) was a helium-filled rigid airship of the United States Navy that was lost in a weather-related accident off the New Jersey coast early on April 4, 1933, killing 73 of the 76 crew and passengers on board. During its accident-prone 18-month term of service, she also served as a flying aircraft carrier for launching F9C Sparrowhawk biplane fighters. At 785 ft (239 m) long, 20 ft (6.1 m) shorter than the German commercial airship Hindenburg, Akron and her sister Macon were among the largest flying objects in the world. Although the Hindenburg was longer, it was filled with hydrogen, so the two U.S. airships still hold the world record for helium-filled airships.
Akron, airship, blimp, New Jersey

in 1969

Dr. Denton Cooley implants the first temporary artificial heart. He became the first heart surgeon to implant an artificial heart designed by Domingo Liotta in a man, Hanskell Karp, who lived for 65 hours.
artificial heart

Births

in 1758
Pierre-Paul Prudhon

Pierre-Paul Prud'hon was a French Romantic painter and draughtsman best known for his allegorical paintings and portraits.
in 1818
Thomas Mayne Reid

Thomas Mayne Reid, was an Irish-American novelist. "Captain" Reid wrote many adventure novels akin to those written by Frederick Marryat and Robert Louis Stevenson. He was a great admirer of Lord Byron. These novels contain action that takes place primarily in untamed settings: the American West, Mexico, South Africa, the Himalayas, and Jamaica.

Deaths

in 1807
Jerome Lalande

Joseph Jérôme Lefrançois de Lalande was a French astronomer and writer.
in 1929
Karl Benz

Karl Friedrich Benz was a German engine designer and car engineer, generally regarded as the inventor of the gasoline-powered car, and together with Bertha Benz pioneering founder of the automobile manufacturer Mercedes-Benz.
in 1968
Martin Luther King, Jr

Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for being an iconic figure in the advancement of civil rights in the United States and around the world, using nonviolent methods following the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. King has become a national icon in the history of modern American liberalism.
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