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January 11, 2011 / jmeuropeana

Today in Europeana: 11 January

On the 11th of January –

the first public lottery is held in the UK; insulin is used on a human patient; Nicola Steno is born.

In 1569 the first recorded public lottery took place in England (there were aerlier ones in other countries of course). In fact, as no lots were blanks, and the total value of the prizes equalled the total value of the lots sold, it was more of a convoluted interest-free loan. Nowadays most lotteries and expecially state lotteries can be described as a voluntary taxation targeted at people who are bad at maths.
Later lottery keepers found other ways of extracting money from the punters. This particular one went quite far:

In 1922 insulin is used for the first time to treat a human patient.
Uitvinding van Siemens in BRD waardoor diabetici zich nie meer dagelijks hoeven te laten spuiten met insuline,

One of the things I love about Europeana is the serendipity: searching for insulin I found this – a wallpaper and carpet design based on the crystalline structure of insulin – a must for every diabetic’s house:
Insulin VADS Collection: Design Council Slide Collection
Design Council Slide Collection

In 1638 Nicola Steno (Niels Steensen) a Danish scientist (anatomist, geologist) was born in Copenhagen. He is considered to be the father of stratigraphy.
Niels Steensen (Nicolas Steno)
Lecture on the anatomy of the brain;Discours de M. Stenon sur l'anatomie du cerveau


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