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  • February 6 - In a tragic skydiving accident during the U.S. Army Golden Knights annual training, Sergeant First Class Dana Bowman loses both of his legs. Only a few months later, he becomes the first double-amputee to re-enlist in the U.S. Army.[2]
  • April 18 - Jean Driscoll(1:34:22) and Heinz Frei(1:21:23) set world-records at the Boston Marathon in the Women's and Men's Wheelchair Divisions. Frei's record was destroyed by Ernst Van Dyk in 2004.[3]


  • July 29 - Dorothy Mary Hodgkin - Hodgkin won a Nobel Prize in Chemistry for solving the structures of cholesterol, vitamin B12, penicillin, and later insulin.[4]


  1. ARATA History. Accessed Dec. 3, 2009.
  2. "Dana Bowman Brings Hope." D4DR Media. March 11, 2001. Accessed on May 22, 2008.
  3. "Marathon Milestones." Boston Athletic Association. 2008. Accessed on February 26, 2008.
  4. "Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin - Biography." (1964) The Nobel Foundation. Accessed on July 2, 2008.