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  • May 2 - American baseball player, Lou Gehrig, benches himself for poor play and ends his streak of consecutive games played at 2,130. He unknowingly has from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Lou Gehrig's disease, which eventually takes his life.[1]
  • May 24 - Granville Redmond - Deaf Painter and Artist. One of California's leading landscape painters and a close friend of Charlie Chaplin, who he taught sign language to. Redmond had a few small roles in Chaplin's movies which worked at the time because films were silent.[2]


  • March 16 - John James Richard Macleod - Scottish medical scientist, won a Noble Prize in Medicine for the co-discovery of insulin.
  • August 5 - 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.[3]
  • December 22 - Thomas D. Schall - American Congressman. Schall was legally blind and was given a page by the members of the House to aid him at all times.[4]


  1. "Gehrig ends streak." This Day in History. 2007. The History Channel. A&E Television Networks. Accessed on May 19, 2008.
  2. "Granville Richard Seymour Redmond." The Irvine Museum. 2008. Accessed on March 18, 2008.
  3. Berke, Jamie. "People - Douglas Tilden - Famous Deaf Sculptor." December 21, 2007. Accessed on March 18, 2008.
  4. "Thanked by Blind Member." The New York Times. The New York Times Company. January 30, 1916. Accessed on March 21, 2008.