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  • February 8 - Lisel Mueller, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, is born. Mueller won the award for Alive Together:New and Selected Poems in which she wrote a long poem addressed to Helen Keller.[1] Re-released in 1998, her work, Dependencies, spoke about the experience of aging and disability. Mueller had glaucoma and cataracts.
  • April 5 - James C. Marsters - deaf orthodontist who was part of the team that developed the first TDD that enabled text communication via a telephone line.[2]
  • June 28 - Robert S. Ledley - invented the whole-body CT (computerized tomographic) diagnostic X-ray scanner, or CAT Scanner.[3]
  • July 14 - James W. Black - Scottish pharamcologist. Black won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his invention of Propranolol, the first beta-blocker.[4]
  • September 7 - Daniel Inouye - long-serving Senator for Hawaii and disabled veteran (amputee).
  • October 25 - Billy Barty - American film actor. One of the first famous people with dwarfism, Barty helped found the Little People of America in 1957.[5]


  • February 3 - President Woodrow Wilson dies. In 1919, Wilson had a stroke that paralyzed his left side and caused significant brain damage. He was the first president to be buried in the Nation's capital.[6]


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  2. Shapiro, T. Rees. James C. Marsters, 85: Phone System Increased Independence for Deaf. The Washington Post, 2009-08-28. Accessed 2009-08-31.
  3. "Robert S. Ledley." InventNow. National Inventors Hall of Fame,Inc. 2002. Accessed on February 26, 2008.
  4. "Sir James W. Black - Autobiography." The Nobel Foundation. 1988. Accessed on July 2, 2008.
  5. "How You Can Help." Little People of America. 2008. Accessed on May 19, 2008.
  6. "Woodrow Wilson dies." 2007. Accessed on February 26, 2008.
  7. "February 1." APA Historical Database. American Psychological Association. 1995. Accessed on February 28, 2008.