On this day in science history: 12 May

From the days of ancient technology to modern science - find out what happened on this day in the history of science.

12th May 2017
Florence Nightingale © Hulton Archive/Getty Images

© Hulton Archive/Getty Images

1820 - Florence Nightingale born

International Nurses Day is held on 12 May in honour of Florence Nightingale, who introduced professional nursing and a number of social reforms such as better health care for the poor, not just the rich.

Listen: Radio 4's Science Stories about Nightingale's skill with statistics

1941 - the first programmable computer presented

Konrad Zuse © Rainer Binder/ullstein bild via Getty Images
Konrad Zuse © Rainer Binder/ullstein bild via Getty Images

Silicon Valley has been a hotbed of technology for many years, but it is not the birthplace of the first programmable and fully automatic digital computer, the Z3. It was the brainchild of German inventor Konrad Zuse who presented it to the public in Cologne on this day in 1941.

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