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Births

  • April 29 - Karl Drais - German inventor. Drais invented the "short-hand machine", known today as the stenotype machine, that is used by closed captioners to create real-time captions.[1]


Deaths

  • December 23 - Charles-Michel de l'Épée - French Abbé and Educator of the Deaf. Épée is known as the "Father of the Deaf." He learned and then developed a form of sign language from two deaf sisters who used the signs to communicate with each other.[2]


References

  1. "Karl Drais." NationMaster. 2008. Accessed on May 19, 2008.
  2. "Charles Michel, Abbé de l' Epée Biography." Biography.com. A&E Television Networks. Accessed on March 10, 2008.