July 6, 1885 - Until this day, all human cases of rabies were fatal. The terrible viral disease is usually transmitted through a bite from an infected animal. Headache, fever and violent mania will then set in before the victim slips into a coma from which he or she will never emerge.
Frenchmen Louis Pasteur and Émile Roux were experimenting with a vaccine they harvested from infected rabbits. When a nine-year-old boy named Joseph Meister was bitten by a rabid dog, Pasteur and Roux put their treatment to the test. It worked! Meister did not contract the virus.
As an adult, Meister worked as a caretaker at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. During the Nazi occupation of Paris he grew despondent and killed himself with a bullet to the head. Legend has it he was upset about the Nazis wanting to enter Pasteur’s burial crypt.
Sorry, there were no other Frogstorms on this day.