On this day: July 11

Published On: Jul 09 2012 11:33:52 AM EDT   Updated On: Jul 11 2014 02:00:00 AM EDT

A vice president duels for honor, the Marine Corps is re-established, a folk singer debuts, a space station plummets to Earth, and Martin Luther King earns a posthumous honor, all on this day.

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2008: Michael E. DeBakey, the world-renowned cardiac surgeon, innovator and scientist, dies at age 99 in Houston, Texas. A pioneer in the development of an artificial heart, DeBakey also was one of the first to perform coronary artery bypass surgery and performed the first successful carotid endarterectomy in 1953. He also led the team that completed the first simultaneous multi-organ transplant from one donor to four recipients in 1968.

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