Rabies was discovered as a human disease by Girolamo Fracastoro, a 16th century Italian physician. The disease has been recognized as an animal disease for thousands of years. The rabies vaccine was developed in 1885 by ... More »

The first artificial refrigerator was invented by renowned Scottish physician William Cullen in 1755. After the cumbersome device produced a small amount of ice through delicate, manual labor, refrigeration technology wa... More »

Anaximander, a Greek philosopher who lived in Miletus in the 6th century, is credited with the invention of the first map. The earliest known maps are related to the sky, and date back to 16,500 B.C. More »

The history of clocks includes timekeeping and sundials established thousands of years ago by ancient civilizations, water clocks in the second century B.C. and the tower clock in the 11th century A.D. Europeans built th... More »

Modern dry cleaning was invented by two men in the mid-19th century: a Frenchman, Jean Baptiste Jolly, and an American, Thomas Jennings. Though their discoveries occurred independently of each other, they both used vario... More »

The clarinet was invented toward the end of the 17th century, although the exact year is unknown. It was invented by the Nuremberg instrument maker, Johann Christoph Denner. More »

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Hans Janssen was born in the 16th century, but his exact birthday is unknown. He is the father of Zacharias Janssen, who is thought to have been born in 1585 in The Hague. More »