Browsing: May 14

A Brief History On May 14, 1973, the United States launched Skylab, America’s first space station. During the era of space exploration there have been significant milestones reached by the US, Russia, and other countries. We list 10 of those here, hopefully the most interesting ones if not the most important. So many milestones! The list to cover them all would be huge. Which ones would you list? Digging Deeper 10. First Dog in Space, First Animal to Orbit the Earth, Laika, 1957. If the Soviets were insensitive to killing millions of their own people, it is no surprise that…

A Brief History On May 14, 1796, English scientist Edward Jenner use pus scraped from a cowpox pustule to inoculate his gardener’s son, the first ever vaccine used. Cowpox is a disease similar to smallpox, but much more mild, similar to chicken pox. Digging Deeper Jenner and others observed the fact that milkmaids frequently got cowpox, but never seemed to get smallpox, and smallpox was a deadly disease that killed about 20 percent of Europe’s population (with about 60 percent of that population getting the disease). Purposely infecting the boy with cowpox and after the boy recovered exposing him to…

A Brief History On May 14, 1988, Larry Mahoney, convicted drunk driver, was driving on I-71 near Carrolton Kentucky, a route to a cruel fate for 27 people riding in a church bus.  Mahoney had a prior DUI conviction and was sailing along in the wrong direction with a blood alcohol content of .24%, more than double Kentucky’s legal limit at the time. Digging Deeper The pick up truck driven by the drunk Mahoney struck the 1977 Ford/Superior former school bus nearly head on at a closing speed of over 100 mph, driving suspension components into the gas tank of…

A Brief History On May 14, 1939, in Peru, 5 ½ year old Lina Medina became the youngest documented human mother in history. Giving birth to a 6 pound healthy boy, due to Lina’s small pelvis the birth was performed by Caesarian section. Digging Deeper Far from a hoax or myth, this case was well documented after her parents brought her to a doctor because of her odd weight gain. From that point on when it was discovered this Kindergarten aged girl was pregnant, she was the center of medical and media attention. The baby boy was named Gerardo in…

A Brief History This article presents a timeline of Israel’s history! Digging Deeper On December 29, Catholics and Lutherans celebrate the feast day of David, that guy from the Bible who first made the news by slaying the giant Goliath.  Listed as 6 cubits tall (9 feet in today’s cubits, 6 feet according to some scholars), Goliath was the super bad dude of his day, the mightiest warrior of the Philistines, Israel’s go-to enemy in the days before the whole Arab-Israeli mess.  (Note: Much of the information about the early timeline of Israel is taken from information provided by…