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  • January 15 - Elisha Graves Otis receives patent (#31,128) for an important architectural access feature -- the elevator safety brake, which made elevators practical. He died later that same year on April 8.[1]


  • May 1 - Douglas Tilden - Deaf sculptor. Tilden was a world-famous artist and activist in the Deaf community. He served as a Vice President of the World Federation of the Deaf and the President of the California Association of the Deaf.[2]



  1. Improvement in Hoisting Apparatus. U.S. Patent #31,128. Accessed March 5, 2008.
  2. Berke, Jamie. "People - Douglas Tilden - Famous Deaf Sculptor." December 21, 2007. Accessed on March 18, 2008.
  3. "Anniversaries." The Red Notebook. Friends of Libraries for Deaf Action. Accessed on February 28, 2008.