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Arts & Entertainment

  • 2006 - Babel premiers at the Cannes Film Festival featuring Rinko Kikuchi who plays Chieko Wataya, a deaf teenage girl. For her part, Kikuchi studied sign language for a year. Her performance won her many awards including Best Breakthrough Actress from the National Board of Review.[1]


Sports

  • 2008 - British National Wheelchair Tennis Championships open in Glochester, England.[2]


Births

  • 1862 - William Ellsworth Hoy - American baseball player. First deaf player in the major leagues. He taught his teammates signs which some have become useful for umpires throughout the world like “calling balls” and “strikes”.[3]


References

  1. Shuker, Carl. "A performance beyond words." The Japan Times. June 1, 2006. Accessed on March 10, 2008.
  2. "Sports Calendar - WheelPower Events." WheelPower. 2008. Accessed on May 28, 2008.
  3. "Anniversaries." The Red Notebook. Friends of Libraries for Deaf Action. Accessed on February 28, 2008.