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To­day is Sun­day, Dec. 2, the

336th day of 2018. There are 29 days left in the year.

To­day’s High­light in His­tory: On Dec. 2, 1982, 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.

On this date:

In 1823, Pres­i­dent James Mon­roe out­lined his doc­trine op­pos­ing Eu­ro­pean ex­pan­sion in the Western Hemi­sphere.

In 1859, mil­i­tant abo­li­tion­ist John Brown was hanged for his raid on Harpers Ferry the pre­vi­ous Oc­to­ber. Artist Ge­orges-Pierre Seu­rat was born in Paris.

In 1927, Ford Mo­tor Co. un­veiled its Model A au­to­mo­bile that re­placed its Model T.

In 1939, New York Mu­nic­i­pal Air­port-La­Guardia Field (later La­Guardia Air­port) went into op­er­a­tion as an air­liner from Chicago landed at one minute past mid­night.

In 1942, an ar­ti­fi­cially cre­ated, self-sus­tain­ing nu­clear chain re­ac­tion was demon­strated for the first time at the Univer­sity of Chicago.

In 1954, the U.S. Se­nate passed, 67-22, a res­o­lu­tion con­demn­ing Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R-Wis., say­ing he had “acted con­trary to se­na­to­rial ethics and tended to bring the Se­nate into dis­honor and dis­re­pute.”

In 1957, the Ship­ping­port Atomic Power Sta­tion in Penn­syl­va­nia, the first full-scale com­mer­cial nu­clear fa­cil­ity in the U.S., be­gan op­er­a­tions. (The re­ac­tor ceased op­er­at­ing in 1982.)

In 1970, the newly cre­ated En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency opened its doors un­der its first di­rec­tor, Wil­liam D. Ruck­elshaus.

In 1980, four Amer­i­can church­women were raped and mur­dered out­side San Sal­vador. (Five na­tional guards­men were con­victed in the killings.)

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