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Today in History: May 14

Microsoft News | Slide 2 of 11: (Original Caption) Dr. Edward Jenner (1749-1823), British physician performing his first vaccination on James Phipps, a boy of eight, on May 14, 1796. Painting by E. Board in the Welcome Museum, London. Undated painting.

1796: First smallpox vaccine tested

Edward Jenner, an English doctor, tests the world's first vaccine for smallpox on an eight-year-old boy, James Phipps. Until then, smallpox was a lethal disease that had claimed the lives of millions of people.

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