On this day in science history: 14 May

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

14th May 2017
Edward Jenner © Bettmann/Getty Images

Edward Jenner © Bettmann/Getty Images

1796 - Jenner tests his inoculation hypothesis

It was not the first smallpox vaccine that Edward Jenner gave an eight-year-old boy on this day in 1796 but the first one to systematically test the hypothesis that pus from cowpox blisters makes people immune to smallpox.

Q&A - Who really invented vaccinations?

1857 - Darwin begins work on his historic book

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© Bettmann/Getty Images

Charles Darwin started writing his famous work On the Origin of Species on this day in 1857 – a project that would keep him busy for the next two years until its publication in November 1859.

Read - Is it time to drop Darwinism?

1973 - NASA’s first lab in space

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© Time Life Pictures/NASA/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

NASA launches “Skylab” the first US manned space station. It was inhabited three times until February 1974, when it burnt up during re-entry. The event sparked a media frenzy, and a few parts of the station landed near Western Australia. NASA were subsequently issued a A$400 fine for littering by the Shire of Esperance – they declined to pay it.

Listen: Witness - Skylab falls to Earth

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