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February 14

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  • 1876 - Alexander Graham Bell, known as the "father of the deaf" applied for a patent for the telephone. Bell became interested in acoustics came from his work with his mother who was profoundly deaf. He was well known for his work with teaching communication skills to the deaf and deaf-mute.[1]


Births

  • 1819 - Christopher Sholes, who with Carlos Glidden and Samuel Soule, invented the first practical type writing machine -- an alternative means to produce written communication for people who have trouble writing by hand. [2]


Holidays/Observances

Valentine's Day Named after St. Valentine, a Third Century Roman Christian martyr, who was the patron saint of people with epilepsy. During the 14th and 15th centuries, seizures were believed to be caused by demonic forces. People afflicted with epilepsy would make pilgrimages to the Priory of St. Valentine.[3]


References

  1. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/telephone/peopleevents/mabell.html
  2. The Great Idea Finder: Typewriter Accessed March 5, 2008.
  3. "Valentine’s Day Connected to Epilepsy." Epilepsy Foundation. Accessed on March 6, 2008.