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Government & Advocacy

  • July 1 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are founded as the Communicable Disease Center (CDC) in Atlanta, GA.[1]


  • May 11 - Robert Koffler Jarvik - American scientist and physician, developed the first implanted artificial heart, the Jarvik-7.
  • July 18 - Graham John Edwards - Australian politician. Edwards was a member of the Australian House of Representatives from 1998 to 2007. He lost both of his legs in the Vietnam War.


  • February 8 - Felix Hoffman - German chemist, inventor of aspirin.
  • August 13 - H.G. Wells - English author, best known for his science fiction writings (e.g., War of the Worlds, The Time Machine). In later life, he developed diabetes and in 1934, became a co-founder and first president of what is now Diabetes UK, the leading charity for people living with diabetes in the UK.[2]


  1. "About CDC Our Story". Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. March 2, 2007. Accessed on November 17, 2008.
  2. H.G. Wells Biography. dLife. February 22, 2010. Accessed September 14, 2010.