On this day: October 12

POSTED: 10:50 AM PDT Oct 11, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Oct 11, 2012 

Christopher Columbus lands in the New World, Oktoberfest finds its roots, Sid is arrested for allegedly killing Nancy, and Matthew Shepard dies, all on this day.

OTD October 12 - iron lung
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University of Virginia

1928: An iron lung respirator is used for the first time at Children's Hospital in Boston. The subject was an 8-year-old girl who was nearly dead as a result of respiratory failure due to poliomyelitis (often called polio or infantile paralysis). Her dramatic recovery, within less than a minute of being placed in the chamber, helped popularize the new device.

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