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1981

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Health & Safety

  • June 5 - The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that five homosexual men in Los Angeles, California have a rare form of pneumonia, Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP), seen only in patients with weakened immune systems. This marks the beginning of general AIDS awareness in the U.S.[1]


Sports & Recreation

  • Brad Mikkelsen brings wheelchair rugby to the United States.


Deaths

  • April 4 - Dr. Leo Kanner - Austrian-American psychiatrist and physician. Kanner was the first to describe autism although the term was originally coined to describe adult schizophrenia.[2]
  • July 23 - Harvey Fletcher - credited with the invention of the hearing aid and audiometer.


References

  1. "History of AIDS up to 1986." Avert. May 12, 2008. Accessed on June 5, 2008.
  2. "Leo Kanner." Who Named It? Accessed on April 1 2008.