TODAY IN HISTORY
Dec. 2, 1816
The first savings bank in the United States, the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society, opened for business. ALSO ON THIS DATE
Militant abolitionist John Brown was hanged for his raid on Harpers Ferry the previous October.
Ford Motor Co. unveiled its Model A automobile that replaced its Model T.
Cuban leader Fidel Castro declared himself a Marxist-Leninist who would eventually lead Cuba to Communism.
In the first operation of its kind, doctors at the University of Utah Medical Center implanted a permanent artificial heart in the chest of retired dentist Dr. Barney Clark, who lived 112 days with the device.