This week we have had so many days to recollect. The main being Thanksgiving day. In fact, we even celebrated it. We have caught up with friends and family. We may have gone on a long weekend trip. Alas, all good things must come to an end. Today is the last day of Thanksgiving week. Let us cherish November 29 by learning some interesting facts about the past such as the first blue baby syndrome surgery and more.
The first motorcycle race could only happen because of an upgrade in the technology of motorcycles. Once the motors became gasoline engines with internal combustions, races became easy. How you may ask, well, this allowed variations in the speed of the motorcycles. November 29, 1897, saw the first-ever two-wheeled motorcycle race in Surrey, England. After a lot of experimenting and configuration, the race deemed to be safe enough for the motorcyclists. Sonn after, racing became a favored sport.
Reaching the South Pole is as hard as it gets. Flying over it is as risky as trekking to that point. But this world is filled with courageous, enthusiastic, and inquisitive people. Such an example is Commander Richard Byrd. 2 ships and 3 aircraft. That is all he needed to make the expedition to the south pole. His team consisted of mostly boy scouts. After a long and hard 11 month journey, he made the dangerous flight over the South Pole.
1944 – The first surgery: blue baby syndrome
Blue Baby syndrome as the name suggests is a medical condition where babies have a light or sometimes dark pigment of blue color on their skin. It is something that develops at an early stage. It is usually caused when the water consumed has an excess amount of nitrates. Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas are the first two surgeons to perform the surgery on an 18-month-old human child. With their expertise in the cardiac and vascular organs, they were successfully able to perform the surgery.
1948 – Kukla, Fran, and Ollie premiered
Everyone loves puppets. The puppeteers and their interesting stories catch the eyes of many. Usually, we get to see it during carnivals or festivals. For the first time, we get to see them on TV. Kukla, Fran, and Ollie premiered on TV on this day. It is known for its gentle satires and whimsical way of putting forward the program. Kukla and Ollie are famous puppets while Fran is a famous radio comedian. Some may not know this, but Ollie is actually an iconic dragon puppet with his curious and lively mind.
1961 – Chimpanzee in orbit
We have known satellites, space ships, rockets to occur in the earth’s orbit now. We have also seen that humans have occurred on-orbit too. This time, we see the delightful scene of the first chimpanzee to reach orbit. Enos, a five-year-old chimpanzee reached the earth’s orbit on November 29, 1961. Although he was not the first chimp in space, his notability is being the first of his kind in the orbit. After going through more than 1250 hours of training at NASA, he was sent off into space.
1975 – Free education for handicapped
The 1960s is considered to be the most challenging year for handicapped children. This is because the tuition for their education was very expensive. Since each child with their specific type of disability needed special care, their studies were that different. A blind child would need a different way of tuition from a child with ADHD or down syndrome. In fact, it was during the 60s that new and innovative ways were founded to teach these children. But as we all know, with great inventions comes great costs. Therefore to make life easier for the children and their parents, the 38th President, Gerald Ford passed the law that the state would provide free education for handicapped children on November 29, 1975.