On this present day in Waukesha County historical past: June 3 | Waukesha County Information

36 years ago

June 3, 1987

In the age of Star Wars, it seems only natural that doctors would use laser technology to vaporize medicine’s enemies.

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Physicians at Waukesha Memorial Hospital are no exception and now have a new weapon for cutting, coagulating and vaporizing unwanted tissue: the KTP laser.

The laser, nicknamed “Louie,” is the hospital’s second. An argon laser was purchased in 1984 and is used almost exclusively for eye surgery.

Unlike the argon laser, the KTP laser has more diverse uses, said Albert Motzel, the hospital’s vice president of medical affairs.

“The special advantage of the KTP is that the transmission takes place via fiber optics,” he said. “The KTP laser was designed for use with fiber optic ducts. The original argon lasers were used as the beam.”

68 years ago

June 3, 1955

A mother and father, who appeared before juvenile court here on Friday afternoon, agreed to place their three youngest children in a foster home.

When asked by Juvenile Court Judge William E. Gramling if he thought it was in the children’s “best interests” to be placed in foster homes, the father replied, “I think that would be a good idea.”

The mother replied, “It’s up to the court.”

The children are 16, 13 and 9 years old. The couple have seven older children who live far from home. In addition, the father told the court that he had eight children from a previous marriage. …

The father told the judge that the family lived in a five-room house with no plumbing, running water, or a refrigerator.

– Local history compiled by Patrice Shanks;; 262-513-2639

Also on this date

June 3, 1621 – The Dutch West India Co. obtained its charter for a trade monopoly in parts of the Americas and Africa.

June 3, 1888 – The poem “Casey at the Bat” by Ernest Lawrence Thayer was first published in the San Francisco Daily Examiner.

June 3, 1935 – The French liner Normandie set a record on her maiden voyage, reaching New York after crossing the Atlantic in just four days.

June 3, 1937 – Edward, the Duke of Windsor, who had abdicated the British throne, married Wallis Simpson in a private ceremony in Monts, France.

June 3, 1962 – Air France Flight 007, a Boeing 707 bound for the United States, crashed while trying to take off from Orly Airport near Paris; All but two of the 132 people on board perished.

June 3, 1965 – Astronaut Edward H. White became the first American to “walk” in space during the flight of Gemini 4.

June 3, 1977 – The United States and Cuba agreed to set up diplomatic missions in each other’s countries; Cuba also announced the immediate release of 10 Americans jailed on drug-related charges.

June 3, 1989 – Chinese army troops begin their advance on Beijing to quell student-led pro-democracy demonstrations.

June 3, 1989 – Iran’s spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, has died.

June 3, 2011 – Dr. Jack Kevorkian, a physician-assisted suicide advocate, died at a Michigan hospital at the age of 83. Actor James Arness (TV: “Gunsmoke”), 88, died in Brentwood, California.

June 3, 2013 – The prosecution and defense submitted opening statements in the court-martial of US Army Pfc. Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning for the largest leak of classified material in American history. A fiercely divided Supreme Court cleared the way for police to DNA test anyone they arrest for a serious crime.

June 3, 2016 – Heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali died at a hospital in Scottsdale, Arizona, at the age of 74.

June 3, 2018 – Guatemala’s Fire Volcano, one of Central America’s most active volcanoes, erupted in fiery explosions of ash and molten rock, killing more than 100 people and missing scores more.

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