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TODAY IN HISTORY
Today is Saturday, Jan. 6, the sixth day of 2018. There are 359 days left in the year.
HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY
On Jan. 6, 1968, a surgical team at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California, led by Dr. Norman Shumway performed the first U.S. adult heart transplant, placing the heart of a 43-year-old man in a 54-year-old patient. (The recipient died 15 days later.)
• World Golf Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez is 61. • Actor Eddie Redmayne is 36. • Actress-comedian Kate McKinnon is 34.
ON THIS DATE
In 1759, George Washington and Martha Dandridge Custis were married in New Kent County, Virginia.
In 1838, Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail gave the first successful public demonstration of their telegraph in Morristown, New Jersey.
In 1974, year-round daylight saving time began in the United States on a trial basis as a fuel-saving measure in response to the OPEC oil embargo.
In 1994, figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the leg by an assailant at Detroit's Cobo Arena; four men, including the exhusband of Kerrigan's rival, Tonya Harding, went to prison for their roles in the attack. (Harding pleaded guilty to conspiracy to hinder prosecution, but denied any advance knowledge about the assault.)