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February 18

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Government & Advocacy

  • 1901 - Winston Churchill makes his maiden speech in the British House of Commons. Churchill was known to have a speech impairment. He eventually overcame his disability and became one of the most famous orators in history.


Technology

  • 2008 - AssistiveGaming.com, a site for accessible gaming on Mac OS X, is launched . AssistiveWare launched AssistiveGaming.com which featured articles about general gaming topics, reviews discussing individual games, and short descriptions of games with a special focus on their accessibility.[1]


Births

  • 1871 - Harry Brearley - Englishman and inventor of stainless steel. Stainless steel is used in a wide variety of dental and surgical instruments.[2]
  • 1934 - Audre Lorde - American writer, poet and activist. Nearsighted and legally blind, Lorde was a controversial poet who once referred to herself as "a black feminist lesbian mother poet".[3]


References

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  2. http://www.touchbriefings.com/pdf/753/mdev02_r_22.pdf
  3. Nelson, Cary. "Audre Lorde's Life and Career." An Online Journal and Multimedia Companion to Anthology of Modern American Poetry. Oxford University Press, 2000. Accessed on May 29, 2008.