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  • 1988 - The 4th Winter Paralympic Games open in Innsbruck, Austria. The Games were not held at the Olympic venue in Calgary, Canada due to financial and recruiting difficulties. This was the first time that the USSR competed. Sit-skiing was also introduced.[1]


Births

  • 1706 - Benjamin Franklin - Politician and scientist, inventor of the bifocal lens.
  • 1942 - Muhammad Ali - Former heavyweight boxer, diagnosed with Pugilistic Parkinson's syndrome in 1984, Ali continues to be an active and philanthropic figure.


Deaths

  • 1927 - Juliette Gordon Low - American youth leader. Low is the founder of the Girl Scouts of America. She became partially deaf at a young age due to chronic ear infections.[2]


References

  1. http://www.paralympic.org/release/Main_Sections_Menu/Paralympic_Games/Past_Games/Innsbruck_1988/index.html
  2. "Juliette Gordon Low Biography." GirlScouts.org. Girl Scouts of the United States of America. 2008. Accessed on MArch 18, 2008