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Births

Early stethoscopes.
Early stethoscopes.
  • 1781 - René-Théophile-Hyacinthe Laennec - physician and inventor of the stethoscope (1816). The stethoscope was not immediately accepted by many doctors at the time including the head of the American Heart Association.[1] The first stethoscope only had one ear piece.
German biologist, founding father of embryology.
German biologist, founding father of embryology.
  • 1792 - Karl Ernst von Baer - Baltic German biologist and a founding father of embryology. Interestingly, Baer opposed many of the ideas of Charles Darwin.


Deaths

  • 1890 - Christopher Sholes, who with Carlos Glidden and Samuel Soule, invented the first practical type writing machine -- an alternative means to produce written communication for people who have trouble writing by hand.[2]


References

  1. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0689/is_n2_v37/ai_13248765
  2. The Great Idea Finder- Typewriter Accessed March 5, 2008.