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New Mexico 1882- Gilbert Thomas known to be the first man in the US to use fingerprinting to prevent forgery.
Germany 1788- Anatomist and doctor J.C.A Mayor publishes book declaring skin ridges are distinctly different from one another.
China 200 BC- Chinese dynasty records show handprints being used during burglary investigations.
Argentina 1892 - Inspector Eduardo Alvarez makes the first criminial investigation identification for a murder case.
America 1905- The U.S army begins using fingerprints for the use of centralized identification cards.
Denmark 1914 - The Denmark police force of Copenhagen create an electronic machine to encode fingerprints and send them through telegraphs.
America 1924 - An act of congress creates the Identification Division of the FBI, officially stablizing the use of fingerprints as identification.
Worldwide 2012 - INTERPOL's Automated Fingerprint Identification System exceeds 150,000 sets of fingerprints for international criminal records from 170 countries.
America 2018 - Homeland security department of Biometric Identity Management contains over 120 million fingerprints.
New York 1902 - First systematic use of fingerprints by NY civil service commissions for testing by Dr. Henry P.
Poland 1823 - Anatomy professor Jan Purkinje publishes thesis discussing the nine fingerprint patterns and how they can be used for ID.
England 1858 - First use of fingerprints for service was by Sir William James, who first used fingerprints for native contracts in India.
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