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  • 1857 - The National Mute Deaf College is founded in Washington, DC and was the first school for the advanced education of the deaf. The school was later renamed Gallaudet University.
  • 1923 - Howard Carter unseals the burial chamber of Pharaoh Tutankhamun. In 2005, it was found that Tutankamum may have had a cleft palate and slight scoliosis.[1]
  • 1968 - In Haleyville, Alabama the first 9-1-1 emergency telephone system goes into service. Before 9-1-1, emergency calls battled for attention with regular calls in call centers making response times extremely slow.[2]
A Medical Corps team of the 1st MASH, X Corps, Korea, performs a front-line operation on a battle wounded soldier.
A Medical Corps team of the 1st MASH, X Corps, Korea, performs a front-line operation on a battle wounded soldier.
  • 2006 - The last Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army. MASH's were fully functional hospitals in combat areas used during the Korean war and after. They were designed to speed aid to injured soldiers in the field.
  • 2007 - U.S. researchers are given the go-ahead for human trials for the Argus II 'bionic eye' system. The system connected an eye-glass mounted camera to electrodes in the eye. "'What we are trying to do is take real-time images from a camera and convert them into tiny electrical pulses that would jump-start the otherwise blind eye and allow patients to see,' said Professor Mark Humayun, from the University of Southern California." [3]


References

  1. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/07/070710-king-tut_2.html
  2. http://www.al911.org/first_call.htm
  3. Trials for 'bionic' eye implants. BBC News. February 16, 2007. Accessed on February 1, 2008.