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December 23

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  • 1987 - A teams of scientists lead by Dr. Louis M. Kunkel discover the specific muscle defect, a lack of a protein called dystrophin, that causes Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.[1]


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  • 1789 - Charles-Michel de l'Épée - French Abbé and Educator of the Deaf. Épée is known as the "Father of the Deaf." He learned and then developed a form of sign language from two deaf sisters who used the signs to communicate with each other.[1]
  • 2000 - Billy Barty - American film actor. One of the first famous people with dwarfism, Barty helped found the Little People of America in 1957.[2]