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1950

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Government & Advocacy

  • August 15 - U.S. President Harry S. Truman signs into law the Omnibus Medical Research Act, which authorized the establishment of the National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases (NIAMD) in the Public Health Service and the appointment of the National Advisory Arthritis and Metabolic Disease Council.[1]


Births

  • March 26 - Teddy Pendergrass - American soul singer who became the first African-American singer to ear 5 consecutive platinum albums. On March 18, 1982, Teddy was involved in a car accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down. After his accident, Teddy victoriously returned to music and was later nominated for several Grammy's. Teddy also founded the Teddy Pendergrass Alliance to help people with spinal cord injury (SCI).
  • May 13 - Stevie Wonder(Stevland Hardaway Judkins) - In spite of becoming blind as a child, he has become an American icon and musical genius in the areas of R&B and Pop music.


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