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Arts & Entertainment

  • September 29 - The Vulcan Wheel wins Australia's ABC TV's The New Inventors.

Government & Advocacy

  • The Assistive Technology Act of 2004 (AT Act) is enacted. Administered by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), this act is intended to improve the provision of assistive technology to individuals with disabilities through comprehensive statewide programs of technology-related assistance.

Sports & Recreation

  • September 17 - The 12th Paralympic Games opened in Athens, Greece. These were the first games that female athletes competed in Judo and Volleyball (Sitting). [2]


  • March 16 - Voice Extensible Markup Language (VoiceXML) Version 2.0 became an official W3C recommendation.[3]


  • June 10 - Ray Charles Robinson - American musician famous for pop hits like "Georgia On My Mind" (our state song), "Hit the Road, Jack," and "I Can't Stop Loving You." He became blind as a child.[4]
  • November 19 - John R. Vane - pharmacologist, won a Nobel Prize in Medicine for his work in deciphering the mystery of aspirin.


  1. "" Individuals with Disabilities in Emergency Preparedness
  2. "" Paralympic Games Athens 2004
  3. "Voice Extensible Markup Language (VoiceXML) Version 2.0." World Wide Web Consortium. March 16, 2004. Accessed on April 28, 2008.
  4. Biography: Ray Charles. The Ray Charles Foundation. Accessed September 14, 2010.