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1849 - First US medical degree awarded to a woman
Elizabeth Blackwell becomes the first woman in the United States to receive a medical degree. Born in Bristol, she would later go on to be the first woman listed on the UK Medical Register and become a prominent figure in social and moral reform in both countries. One of her greatest achievements was co-founding the National Health Society in the UK, which aimed to prevent illness through education on health and hygiene. By the time of her death in 1910, there were over 7,000 registered female doctors in the United States.
2005 - Hurricane Wilma breaks pressure record
30 hours after its development, hurricane Wilma causes a pressure drop from 982 mbar to the western-hemisphere record low 882 mbar. Hurricane Wilma is recognised as the second most destructive hurricane in 2005, behind hurricane Katrina, with an estimated cost of $29.4 billion. This record in pressure drop was held until 2015 when hurricane Patricia reached 872 mbar, but it was not as devastating, causing an estimated $460 million in damage.
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