Frozen in Time

A look back at the week that was…

By P.M. Fadden
Associate Editor

Monday, July 10th – Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, in 1893, performs the first successful open-heart surgery–without the benefit of penicillin or blood transfusion.

Tuesday, July 11th – In China, archaeologists unearth an army of 8,000 life-size clay figures created more than 2,000 years ago for the Emperor Qin Shi Huang, 1975.


Wednesday, July 12th – Then U.S. Surgeon General, Leroy E. Burney, reports a direct link between smoking and lung cancer, 1957.

Courtesy photo Losing its cool; medical reports linking cigarette smoking to dreaded cancer surfaced at the U.S. Surgeon General’s office as early as 1957.
Courtesy photo
Losing its cool; medical reports linking cigarette smoking to dreaded cancer surfaced at the U.S. Surgeon General’s office as early as 1957.

Thursday, July 13th – The U.S. Congress, under its Articles of Confederation, enacts the Northwest Ordinance, establishing rules for governing the Northwest Territory, for admitting new states to the Union and for limiting the expansion of slavery, 1787.

Friday, July 14th – Nazi Germany promulgates the Law for the Protection of Hereditary Health–the beginning of what is today known as euthanasia, 1933.

Saturday, July 15th – Alaskan Proud: At Nenana, President Warren G. Harding drove the golden spike that signified completion of the Alaska Railroad, 1923.

Sunday, July 16th – Apollo 11 blasts off from Cape Kennedy, Florida, heading for a landing on the moon, 1969.

These dates in history are happily brought to you by the Glacier City Gazette in the hopes that the current week is just as noteworthy. Cheers.