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July 27

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  • 1974 - Dr. Charles LeRoy Lowman is presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Nixon for his work with children with physical disabilities.[1]
  • 2007 - The oldest prosthesis in the world is announced. The fake big toe was worn by an ancient Egyption woman who may have lost her toe from complications with diabetes. The prosthesis was found in a tomb near the city of Thebes. The toe dates from 1069 to 664 BC and was made of leather and wood.[2]
  • 2010 - Irish sprinter Jason Smyth qualifies for the 100 metres semi-finals at the European Athletics Championships in Barcelona. The visually-impaired runner is the first Paralympian to compete in the championships.[3]


Deaths

  • 1844 - John Dalton - English chemist, famous for his research into his own color blindness. His theories were eventually disproven but Daltonism remains a common term for the condition.


References

  1. "Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient." The Official Site of the Presidential Metal of Freedom. Accessed on March 8, 2008.
  2. Choi, Charles Q. "World's First Prosthetic: Egyptian Mummy's Fake Toe." Live Science. July 27, 2007.
  3. Paralympics sprinter Jason Smyth makes Euro semi-finals. BBC Sport. July 27, 2010. Accessed September 14, 2010.