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  • 2000 - Jean Driscoll, a wheelchair racer, sets a record 8 wins at the Boston Marathon. Her record stood over all of the standard and wheelchair divisions.[1]


Deaths

  • 1790 - Benjamin Franklin - Politician and scientist. Franklin was the inventor of the bifocal lens. Bifocals are most commonly prescribed to people with presbyopia who also require a correction for myopia, hypermetropia, and/or astigmatism.


References

  1. "Marathon Milestones." Boston Athletic Association. 2008. Accessed on February 26, 2008.