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  • 1576 - Thomas Tilsye and Ursula Russell are married in a signed ceremony in Leicester, England.[1]
  • 1852 - Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH) admits its first patient. GOSH is thought to be the first hospital to have in-patient beds for children in the Western World. Today, GOSH is the "largest centre for research into childhood illness outside the United States".[1]
  • 1872 - George Huntington, an American physician, first described symptoms of a hereditary chorea or "Huntington's Disease".
  • 1972 - The second demonstration of closed captioning was presented by the National Bureau of Standards at Gallaudet College. The broadcast featured the Mod Squad.[2]
The first CAT Scanner invented by Robert S. Ledley.
The first CAT Scanner invented by Robert S. Ledley.
  • 1975 - Robert S. Ledley files a patent for the first whole-body CT (computerized tomographic) diagnostic X-ray scanner, or CAT Scanner(3,922,552).[3]


Births

  • 1856 - Emil Kraepelin - father of modern psychiatry, psychopharmacology and psychiatric genetics. He was the co-discoverer of Alzheimer's disease alongside Alois Alzheimer.
  • 1900 - Arthur W. Aleshire - American politician. A U.S. Representative from Ohio, Aleshire lost the use of his legs in an accident and operated a filling station and grocery store before being elected to Congress.[4]


Deaths

  • 2007 - 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. [5] [6]


References

  1. Waters, Robert Edmond Chester. Parish Registers in England: Their History and Contents, with Suggestions .... Harvard University. 1883. pg. 30.
  2. "A Brief History of Captioned Television." National Captioning Institute, Inc. Accessed on February 28, 2008.
  3. "Robert S. Ledley." InventNow. National Inventors Hall of Fame,Inc. 2002. Accessed on February 26, 2008.
  4. "ALESHIRE, Arthur William, (1900 - 1940)." Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. U.S. Senate Historical Office. Accessed on March 21, 2008.
  5. Adler Remote Control System. U.S. Patent #2,923,918. Accessed March 7, 2008.
  6. The Great Idea Finder - Remote Control Accessed March 7, 2008.