The first X-ray photograph produced in the United States
On January 12th, 1896, a group of three college students broke into a physics laboratory and took the first X-ray photograph produced in the United States.
It was only six days earlier that German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen had discovered a new form of radiation: the X-ray ("X" because it was unknown). He was in fact awarded the first Nobel Prize in Physics five years later.
The three students brought a strange assortment of items to photograph: the finger from a cadaver's hand, pins, rings, pills, bullets, and an eggshell with a button in it! Afraid of getting in trouble for trespassing (and bribing the building's janitor), they kept quiet about their experiment, and eventually realized that they were "making history".
January 12th, 1896
post by Chanez Baali
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