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  • 1941 - The Committee on Long Range Work and Relief Policies of the National Resources Planning Board transmitted to the President a comprehensive report "Security, Work and Relief Policies." This report advocated the addition of an insurance system that would provide disability and sickness benefits. [1]


Births

  • 1913 - Dr. Robert Adler, inventor of the first practical wireless television remote control. The device, marketed as the "Zenith Space Command," used ultrasonics to transmit channel up/down and power on/off signals and was a precursor to the other types of environmental control units used today. [2] [3]
  • 1918 - Leland C. Clark Jr. - American biochemist and inventor. Clark invented the first biosensor, a device to rapidly determine the amount of glucose in blood.[4]


References

  1. [Chronology:1940's http://www.ssa.gov/history/1940.html]. Social Security Online:Special Collections. Accessed on January 31, 2008.
  2. Adler Remote Control System. U.S. Patent #2,923,918. Accessed March 7, 2008.
  3. The Great Idea Finder - Remote Control Accessed March 7, 2008.
  4. "2005's Highest Engineering Honors Go to Designers of Spy Satellite, Inventor of Biosensors, and Innovative Educators." National Academy of Engineering. Feb. 22, 2005. Accessed on May 19, 2008.