December 3

The musical Camelot opened at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway in 1960. Alan Jay Lerner produced the book and lyrics while Frederick Lowe created the music. The story is based on the King Arthur legend that was adapted from the T.H. White novel The Once and Future King. The musical ran on Broadway for 873 performances and won four Tony Awards. A follow-up was a record album by the original cast and a movie in 1967. Camelot came to represent the Kennedy years in the White House.

 

Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the first successful human heart-to-heart transplant in 1967. The operation was performed at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. Barnard had practiced with dog heart transplants before performing the first human heart transplant with patient Louis Washkansky, who suffered from diabetes and an incurable heart disease. The operation lasted nine hours and included a team of 30 people. The patient survived the operation and lived for 18 more days, but died from pneumonia. In 1971, a patient who received a new heart lived for 23 more years.

 

The Bhopal disaster occurred in 1984 and an estimated 3,787 people died as a result of a gas leak. Some estimates include 16,000 people who died later from gas-related diseases. Union Carbide owned a pesticide plant in Bhopal, India where a gas leak put methyl isocyanate into the atmosphere. Union Carbide paid out $470 million to settle litigation from the incident. Clean up of the site ended in 1998 and it eventually wound up in the control of the Dow Chemical Company in 2001.

 

Birthdays Today

 

1927Andy Williams, American singer and actor (The Williams Brothers) (d. 2012)

1937Bobby Allison, American race car driver

1948Ozzy Osbourne, English-American singer-songwriter and actor (Black Sabbath)

1960Daryl Hannah, American actress and producer

1960Julianne Moore, American actress and author

1963Terri Schiavo, American medical patient (d. 2005)

Larry Moskal began his career as a Social Studies teacher in 1971. He graduated from the University of Buffalo with degrees in history and education. Larry taught Social Studies for the Ken-Ton School system, a suburban school system north of Buffalo, New York until 2005, and then taught and was the Dean of Students at San Miguel High School in Tucson. At Ken-Ton, he pioneered several online courses for high school students. In the 1980s, he spent three years teaching in Colombia, South America and spent four years at Lewiston-Porter High School. He currently is the PowerSchool Administrator for San Miguel accomplishing his work over the Internet.