Looking Back…

In case you were wondering about notable science events that happened the week of May 9th…

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The first Mother’s Day was celebrated on May 10th, 1908, in West Virginia. It was started by Anna Jarvis, in remembrance of her mother who had passed away the year before. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson declared the first national Mother’s day, making it a federal holiday.

Are you ready to rock? On May 13th, 1939, the first commerical FM radio station went live in Bloomfield, Conneticut. The WDRC station, once known for playing oldies, is now modernized and more known for playing classic rock from the 70′s.

on May 14th, 1796, the first successful vaccine was developed by Edward Jenner in order to battle smallpox. The disease had a 20-30% mortality rate, and killed 300 million people in the 20th century alone. In 1977, after a massive vaccination program, the World Health Organization declared smallpox to be eradicated.

A home away from home. On May 14th, 1973, Skylab, the first American space station was launched into orbit. Three missions were sent to the lab during the 2249 days it stayed in orbit. The longest a crew stayed in aboard the space station was eighty-nine days.
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