FYI August 29, 2020

On This Day

708 – Copper coins are minted in Japan for the first time (Traditional Japanese date: August 10, 708).
Wadōkaichin (和同開珎), also romanized as Wadō-kaichin or called Wadō-kaihō, is the oldest official Japanese coinage, having been minted starting on 29 August 708[1] on order of Empress Genmei.[2][3][4]



Born On This Day

1910 – Vivien Thomas, American surgeon and academic (d. 1985)[3]
Vivien Theodore Thomas (August 29, 1910[1] – November 26, 1985)[2] was an American laboratory supervisor who developed a procedure used to treat blue baby syndrome (now known as cyanotic heart disease) in the 1940s.[3] He was the assistant to surgeon Alfred Blalock in Blalock’s experimental animal laboratory at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and later at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He served as supervisor of the surgical laboratories at Johns Hopkins for 35 years. In 1976 Hopkins awarded him an honorary doctorate and named him an instructor of surgery for the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.[3] Without any education past high school, Thomas rose above poverty and racism to become a cardiac surgery pioneer and a teacher of operative techniques to many of the country’s most prominent surgeons.

A PBS documentary Partners of the Heart,[4] was broadcast in 2003 on PBS’s American Experience. In the 2004 HBO movie, Something the Lord Made, Vivien Thomas was portrayed by Mos Def.




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