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Logo of the 10th Olympic Games held in Atlanta, Georgia
Logo of the 10th Olympic Games held in Atlanta, Georgia

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Government & Advocacy

  • 1950 - U.S. President Harry S. Truman signs into law the Omnibus Medical Research Act, which authorized the establishment of the National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases (NIAMD) in the Public Health Service and the appointment of the National Advisory Arthritis and Metabolic Disease Council.[1]


Sports & Recreation

  • 1996 - The 10th Paralympic Games open in Atlanta, Georgia. This is the first time that the Games had attracted world-wide corporate sponsorship. These were also the first Games to include athletes with cognitive impairments.[2]


Deaths

  • 1959 - William Samuel McTell - American blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He was better known as "Blind Willie McTell". McTell was a twelve-string finger picking guitarist, who wrote songs such as "Statesboro Blues" which has been covered The Allman Brothers Band.[3]


References

  1. Cullahun,Leigh F. and Debra R. Luppin. "The Arthritis Foundation 1948 -1998: 50 Years of Arthritis Care and Research." Arthritis & Rheumatism. American College of Rheumatology. 8 Dec 2005. Volume 11 Issue 5, Pages 309 - 314.
  2. http://www.paralympic.org/release/Main_Sections_Menu/Paralympic_Games/Past_Games/Atlanta_1996/general_information.html
  3. Simkins, Turner. "Who Was Blind Willie McTell?" BlindWillie.com. Activities Council of Thomson. Accessed on March 7, 2008.