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1972

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Sports & Recreation


Technology

  • August 21 - William Jones of Cleveland Machine Controls, Inc. files a patent for what may have been the first joystick control for a wheelchair. The patent was for a "motor control system for controlling both direction and speed of a DC motor. The system is particularly applicable for controlling direction and speed of a pair of DC reversible motors which independently drive spaced apart wheels on a vehicle, such as a motorized wheelchair." Joystick controls had previously been used mostly in airplanes.[1]
  • September 12 - Spencer Ferguson Silver from 3M Comp. is granted a patent for the adhesive used on that popular and convenient cognitive aid -- Post-It Notes. [2]


Births

  • June 17 - Steven John Fletcher - Canadian politician. Fletcher is a staunch disability advocate and was the first permanently disabled Canadian to be elected to the House of Commons.[3]


References

  1. Motor Control Apparatus Adapted for Use with a Motorized Vehicle U.S. Patent #3,814,199, June 4, 1974.
  2. Acrylate Copolymer Microspheres. U.S. Patent #3,691,140.
  3. "About Steven." Steven Flecher Official Website. n.d. Accessed on July 2, 2008.