This Day in Minnesota History

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Today's Date: December 18

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1985

Mary Lund is the first woman to receive a Jarvik-7 artificial heart, in Minneapolis. The device keeps her alive for about a month, until a real heart is transplanted.

1988

The Pillsbury Company announces that it has accepted a $5.7 billion buy-out offer from the British food and liquor conglomerate Grand Metropolitan PLC.