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Samuel Gridley Howe, first director of Perkins School for the Blind.
Samuel Gridley Howe, first director of Perkins School for the Blind.

Arts & Entertainment

  • Charles Dickens visits Perkins School for the Blind and enthusiastically praises Samuel Gridley Howe's work with Laura Bridgman in his book, American Notes for General Circulation. The book was later read by Helen Keller's mother.[1]


Deaths

  • April 28 - Charles Bell - Scottish anatomist, first to describe the trajectory of the facial nerve and a disease which led to the unilateral palsy (paralysis) of facial muscles, known as Bell's Palsy
  • July 25 - Dominique Jean Larrey - French Surgeon. Inventor of the first ambulance.[1]