On this day: January 24

POSTED: 02:50 PM PST Jan 23, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Jan 23, 2015 

The California Gold Rush begins, the Eskimo Pie is patented, Jackie Robinson is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, and the first Apple Macintosh goes on sale, all on this day.

OTD January 24 - hand transplant
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1999: In Louisville, Kentucky, Matthew Scott, 37, receives the first hand transplant in the United States during a 15-hour surgical procedure. Scott had lost his hand at age 24 in a fireworks accident. The Louisville group, including Drs. Warren C. Breidenbach and Tsu-Min Tsai in cooperation with the Christine M. Kleinert Institute, Jewish Hospital and the University of Louisville, went on to perform the first five hand transplants in the United States. Scott is seen here in 2003 during his four-year checkup.


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