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  • November 12 - Barclay files a patent for one of the first vehicle wheelchair ramps - "an automobile body having a passenger compartment for comfortably receiving an invalid or convalescent person in a wheel chair, there being a skid normally concealed beneath the flooring and which may be pulled out on either side of the body to provide an inclined runway over which the wheel chair may be rolled from the ground level into the passenger compartment."[1]


  • March 29 - John R. Vane - pharmacologist, won a Noble Prize for Medicine for his work in deciphering the mystery of aspirin.
  • July 7 - Jerald Jordan - Deaf sports leader. Jordan was the president of the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf from 1971 to 1995.[2]


  • January 17 - Juliette Gordon Low - American youth leader. Low is the founder of the Girl Scouts of America. She became partially deaf at a young age due to chronic ear infections.[3]


  2. "Jerald M. ('JJ') Jordan, '48, noted leader in deaf athletics, dies." Daily Digest. Gaullaudet University. March 29, 2008. Accessed on April 1, 2008.
  3. "Juliette Gordon Low Biography." Girl Scouts of the United States of America. 2008. Accessed on MArch 18, 2008