1937: Soviet scientists implant the first artificial heart in a dog.
1957: Dr. Willem Kolff, in Cleveland, does the first dog implant in the Western world.
1960s: Numerous artificial hearts developed and implanted in calves and sheep, including a silicone rubber heart in Utah and a Teflon-coated steel heart in Cleveland.
1965: U.S. government begins funding artificial heart research, hoping for human implantation by 1970.
1967: Dr. Christiaan Barnard transplants the first human heart. The patient lives 18 days.
1968: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute contracts with three companies to develop nuclear-powered hearts.
1969: Dr. Denton Cooley of the Texas Heart Institute implants the first temporary artificial heart. It sustains the patient 65 hours until a human heart transplant.
1970s: Federal research funding shifts from the total artificial heart to ventricular assist devices.
1979: Robert Jarvik's Jarvik 7 keeps a calf alive a record 221 days.
1980: Dr. Norman Shumway's pioneering of the anti-rejection drug, cyclosporine, opens the door to the proliferation of successful heart transplantation.