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Sketch of Laura Bridgman, first American deaf-blind child to gain significant education
Sketch of Laura Bridgman, first American deaf-blind child to gain significant education
  • Laura Bridgman enrolls in the Perkins School for the Blind and becomes the first documented deaf-blind American child to gain a significant education in the English language.[1]


Births

  • March 5 - Gustav T. Fritsch - German anatomist, along with Eduard Hitzig, first to establish correspondence between some brain locations and motor responses.
  • March 18 - Grover Cleveland - American President. Cleveland was an assistant teacher at the New York Institute for the Blind, now known as the New York Institute for Special Education in New York, New York where he influenced Fanny Crosby, a famed American lyricist and lobbyist for the Blind.[2]
  • October 21 - James Addams Beaver - American politician. Beaver was the Governor of Pennsylvania from 1887 to 1891. He served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. He was wounded at the battle of Second Battle of Ream's Station resulting in the amputation of one of his legs.[3]


Deaths

  • November 30 - Erastus “Deaf” Smith - Chief scout and spy for a Texas army. Helped Texas gain its independence from Mexico.[4]


References

  1. "Historical Timeline." Perkins School for the Blind. Accessed on February 28, 2008
  2. "A Saga of Our Century:Grover Cleveland." New York Institute for Special Education. Accessed on March 18, 2008.
  3. "James Addams Beaver." Pennsylvania Volunteers of the Civil War. PA Civil War Volunteers. 2007. Accessed on March 21, 2008.
  4. "Anniversaries." The Red Notebook. Friends of Libraries for Deaf Action. Accessed on February 28, 2008.