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  • 2005 - Marlon Shirley, an track and field athlete and amputee, and Erin Popovich, a swimmer with achondroplasia, won the ESPY Awards for Best Male and Female Athlete with a Disability[1]


Births

  • 100BC - Julius Ceasar - Roman statesman and commander believed to have epileptic seizures known at the time as the "falling sickness" in the last two years of his life.[2]


Deaths

  • 1954 - Frida Kahlo - Mexican painter. Kahlo was famous for her self-portraits and use of vibrant color. Kahlo contracted polio at the age of 6, but she began painting only after a serious accident resulting in tremendous spinal injuries. She eventually regained the ability to walk. Kahlo used painting as a form of personal expression and therapy for her pain.[3]
  • 1985 - Charles K. Bliss - Austrian chemist and inventor. Bliss invented Blissymbolics, a language composed of hundreds of symbols that allow easier communication for people with cognitive disabilities.[4]


References

  1. "The 2005 Winners." ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. Accessed on March 9, 2008.
  2. http://www.epilepsy.com/epilepsy/famous_leaders
  3. "Biography of Frida Kahlo." FridaKahlo.com. Accessed on March 7, 2008.
  4. "A Great Australian:The Inventor of Semantography (Blissymbolics)." Blissymbolics.us. 1997. Accessed on May 19, 2008.