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June 20

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Sports

  • 2007 - Vancouver, British Columbia Mayor Sam Sullivan became the first quadriplegic to throw the opening pitch in a professional baseball game when he used a purpose-built catapult, at the Vancouver Canadians minor league home opener.[1]


Technology

  • 1840 - Samuel F. B. Morse, receives a patent for the telegraph and a method for conveying messages over it. He developed a code of dots and dashes to represent each letter. Today, some people with disabilities use one or two switches and “Morse code” to type on a computer. [2] [3]


References

  1. "Mayor Sullivan throws the opening pitch at Canadians baseball game." Mayor Sullivan Official Site. June 21, 2007. Accessed on May 22, 2008.
  2. Samuel F. B. Morse. Locust Grove, the Samuel Morse historic site. Accessed March 13, 2008.
  3. Improvement of the Mode of Communicating Information by Signals by the Application of Electro-Magnetism. U.S. Patent #1647. June 20, 1840.