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Sports

  • 1988 - The 8th Paralympic Games, previously occuring as a separate event, are held for the first time in 24 years in conjunction with the Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea.
  • 2005 - Sarah Reinertsen becomes the first female above-knee amputee to complete an Ironman at the Hawaii Ironman in Kona, Hawaii[1]


Births

  • 1879 - Samuel T. Orton - American physician. Orton was a pioneer in the study of learning disabilities. He is best known for his work examining the causes and treatment of reading disability, or dyslexia.[2]


Holidays/Observances

  • White Can Safety Day - United States. Unofficial holiday observed since 1964.[3]


References

  1. "Sarah's Story." AlwaysTri.net. Accessed on March 9, 2008.
  2. Duchan, Judith. "Samuel Torrey Orton." Getting Here: A short history of Speech Pathology in America. Judith Duchan Online. February 21, 2008. Accessed on March 18, 2008.
  3. "History of the White Cane." National Federation of the Blind:Massachussets. Accessed on February 28, 2008.