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Births

  • 1823 - William Pryor Letchworth - American businessman and disability advocate, served as the President of the New York State Board of Charities where he traveled around Europe and the United States studying the plight of the insane, the epileptic, and poor children. He wrote two books entitled The Insane in Foreign Countries and Care and Treatment of Epileptics.
William Pryor Letchworth, American businessman and advocate for the insane and epileptic.
William Pryor Letchworth, American businessman and advocate for the insane and epileptic.


Deaths

  • 1904 - Georges Gilles de la Tourette - French neurologist, first to describe the "maladie des tics", or "Tourette's Syndrome".