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Arts & Entertainment

  • 1988 - The movie "Rain Man" is released. It is a movie about a man and his autistic savant brother, and for many audiences, was a first introduction to some of the issues surrounding autism.[1]


Government & Advocacy


Technology

  • 1953 - Inge Edler and Carl Hellmuth Hertz, the son of Gustav Ludwig Hertz, use ultrasound to produce an echo-encephalogram (ultrasonic probe of the brain).[3]


Births

  • 1770 - Ludwig van Beethoven - Composer. Deaf. Composed a total of 9 symphonies.[4]
  • 1843 - Josephine Shaw Lowell - Progressive reform leader. First female Commissioner of the New York State Board of Charities. She also worked to establish the Newark Custodial Asylum for Feeble-Minded Women.[1]
  • 1993 - Jyoti Amge - As of 2008, Amge is considered the smallest person in the world. She has achondroplasia, a growth condition.[5]


References

  1. Rain Man. The Internet Movie Database. Accessed April 2, 2008.
  2. "Carl L. Alsberg, M.D. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Accessed on June 2, 2008.
  3. "ULTRSOUND (US)." European Society of Radiology. Accessed February 28, 2008.
  4. "Anniversaries." The Red Notebook. Friends of Libraries for Deaf Action. Accessed on February 28, 2008.
  5. "World's Smallest Girl." FoxNews.com.2008 FOX News Network, LLC. 2008. Accessed on May 19, 2008.