July 28, 1858: Fingerprinting is First Used

First Fingerprint Used
July 28, 1858: First prints used as evidence

Sir William James Herschel was using it for more of a signature than anything in 1858 as he was requiring palm prints from people he met. After collecting several prints, though, he started realizing there were unique identifiers that could be used in identifying a person. The Palm prints would eventually change to fingerprints for Forensics to use.

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