In an entry on his blog for the Los Angeles Times, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has an entry describing some of the accomplishments of a physician who contributed substantially to medicine in the 1880s through the 1930s. In “Dr. Daniel Hale Williams: Heart surgeon,” Mr. Abdul-Jabbar reports that the physician’s “claim to fame occurred on July 9, 1893 (the same year of Gandhi’s first act of civil disobedience halfway around the world, and the year that Colorado granted women the right to vote)” when he performed the first open-heart surgery and had the patient survive.
Mr. Abdul-Jabbar tells the story well, and includes a nice tag. Link to the entry.