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  • March 24 - Robert Koch announces the discovery of the bacterium responsible for tuberculosis (mycobacterium tuberculosis).


  • January 30 - Franklin D. Roosevelt - 32nd President of the United States. Roosevelt was stricken with polio which left him partially paralyzed at the age of 39. He was a fierce fighter against his illness and for his country and was famous for founding the March of Dimes. One of his most famous quotes - "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself."[1]
  • February 2 - James Joyce - Joyce, the author of Ulysses, Finnegans Wake, and The Dubliners, was known to have serious eye problems later in his life which caused him to have over 25 surgeries. [2]
  • March 30 - Melanie Klein - Austrian-born British psychoanalyst. Klein was the first person to use traditional psychoanalysis with young children.[3]


  • Nikolaus Friedreich - German pathologist and neurologist, described the central nervous system disorder known as Friedreich's ataxia, a degenerative disease with sclerosis of the spinal cord which affects a person's speech, balance and coordination.


  1. Franklin D. Roosevelt. The White House. Accessed on February 1, 2008.
  2. February 2, 1882: James Joyce is born. Day in History. 2007. Accessed on January 31, 2008.
  3. "Melanie Klein." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. 2008. Accessed on May 19, 2008.