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December 17

BORN:

Shoma Uno – 

Shoma Uno was born December 17, 1997, in Nagoya, Japan. Uno started skating when he was five. He made his Junior Grand Prix (skating contest) debut in the 2011-2012 season and won a bronze medal after placing 4th. At the 2012 Winter Youth Olympics, he won silver in the individual event and gold in the team event. He finished 10th at the 2012 World Junior Championships. In the 2016-2017 season, he won his first national title in Osaka, Japan, and a world silver medal at the World Figure Skating Championships. In the 2017-2018 season, he won an Olympic silver medal. At the 2019 Four Continents Championships, Uno came fourth in the short program, first in the free skate, and first overall. He decided not to participate in the Four Continents Championships of 2020. Instead, he did the Challenge Cup in the Netherlands, where he won the gold medal. He was assigned to end the season at the World Championships in Montreal and the 2020 Internationaux de France, but these were canceled because of COVID-19. There was a lot more than Shoma Uno did that I couldn’t include, so you should look him up. 

Shoma Uno at the 2018 Winter Olympics

DEATH:

Henry Heimlich –

Henry Heimlich was born in Wilmington, Delaware, in 1920. Heimlich was an American surgeon and medical researcher. He’s known as the creator of the Heimlich maneuver, a technique for stopping choking. He also created the Micro Trach portable oxygen system for ambulances and the Heimlich Chest Drain Valve, or “flutter valve,” which drains blood and air out of the chest cavity to help a collapsed lung to re-expand. The flutter valve saved the lives of hundreds of American soldiers in the Vietnam War. On June 4th, 1951, Henry married Jane Murray. Jane was a freelance writer who wrote about controversial medical treatments. She wrote What Your Doctor Won’t Tell You: The Complete Guide to the Latest in Alternative Medicine and co-authored a book called Homeopathic Medicine at Home. Heimlich and his wife had four children. Heimlich died in 2016 on December 17, a few days after a heart attack. He was 96 years old when he died. 

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