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February 5

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Government & Advocacy

  • 1952 - First "Don't Walk" sign is installed in New York City in response to growing pedestrian fatalities. Today, many of these signs are equipped with auditory alert systems for use by people with visual disabilities. [1]


Health & Safety

  • 2007 - Scientists identify a molecular cause for one type of deafness. "Mutations in a protein called espin can cause floppiness in tiny bundles of protein filaments within the hair cells, impairing the passage of vibrations and resulting in deafness." [2]


Births

  • 1840 - John Dunlop, inventor of the first practical pneumatic tire. His tire provided the foundation for the Dunlop Tire Company and served as the genesis for the modern tire industry. Pneumatic tires became the standard for bicycles, and today are often used on manual wheelchairs. [3] [4]
  • 1976 - Abhishek Bachchan - Bollywood Actor. Bachchan had dyslexia as a child but went on to become an acclaimed actor winning three Filmfare awards.[5]


References

  1. http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history.do?action=Article&id=7215
  2. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/02/070205130539.htm
  3. Wheel-Tire for Cycles. U.S. Patent #435,995.
  4. John Dunlop. National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. Accessed March 7, 2008.
  5. "Khan I do it, sir?." Mumbai Mirror. December 18, 2007. Accessed on May 29, 2008.