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  • June 16 - The American Wheelchair Bowling Association is founded when 30 people from 13 states participate in a bowling tournament in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • July 28 - The Miracle Worker, a movie about Anne Sullivan's struggle to teach deaf-blind child Helen Keller how to communicate, is released in theaters. The movie won 2 Oscars, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.
  • October 5 - Benjamin A. Rubin, an American microbiologists, files a patent for the invention of the vaccine syringe(3,194,237). His invention would eventually lead to the eradication of smallpox.[2]
  • October 9 - Wilson Greatbatch is awarded a patent for the implantable cardiac pacemaker, which has led to heart patient survival rates comparable to that of a healthy population of similar age. [3] [4]


  • July 3 - Tom Cruise - Cruise is a founding board member of the Hollywood Education Literacy Project (HELP) which aims to help children, who like Cruise, suffer from dyslexia.[5]


  1. Steel, H. j. "Sports Aparatus." U.S. Patent 3,083,967. April 2, 1962.
  2. "Benjamin A. Rubin." InventNow. National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. 2007. Accessed on February 26, 2008.
  3. Wilcon Greatbatch. National Inventors Hall of Fame. Accesses March 7, 2008.
  4. Medical Cardiac Pacemaker. U.S. Patent #3,057,356. October 9, 1962.
  5. Cruise credits Scientology for his success. Access Hollywood. May 24, 2005. Accessed on February 8, 2008.