December 2016: Henry Heimlich Dies
Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff
Here's a slideshow depicting the major U.S. news events of December 2016.
1. Oakland Warehouse Fire Kills Dozens 2. Army Corps of Engineers Announces Pipeline Stoppage 3. Judge Announces Mistrial in Michael Slager Case 4. Supreme Court Rules in Samsung's Favor 5. Astronaut John Glenn Dies 6. Lamar Jackson Wins Heisman Trophy 7. Feds Raise Interest Rates 8. Yahoo Announces Another Hack 9. Dylann Roof Found Guilty 10. Heimlich Maneuver's Henry Heimlich Dies 11. Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor Dies
- Henry Heimlich Dies
- Henry Heimlich, the man who invented the Heimlich Maneuver, dies on Dec. 17, 2016, at the age of 96 from a heart attack. Before he popularized the life-saving technique, choking was a serious cause of death all over the world; since 1974, the Heimlich Manuever is credited with saving over 50,000 lives--including one performed by the man himself just this year. Heimlich explains in his memoir, "There's been a lot of attention paid to the Heimlich maneuver because it's so effective, but what I think makes it truly innovative is the fact that it's accessible to everyone. Anyone can save the life of a choking perso—even a child can perform the Heimlich maneuver."
- Photo source: AP Photo/Al Behrman