January 21 in Pop Culture History
1472 – The Great Daylight Comet of 1472 was visible in daylight for 8 days.
1790 – Dr Joseph-Ignace Guillotin proposed the guillotine to the newly formed National Assembly of Paris as a “humane” method of execution.
1799 – Edward Jenner’s smallpox vaccination was introduced.
1807 – The London Institution for the Advancement of Literature and The Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (The London Institution) received a royal charter signed …