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Monday, April 2, 2012
Event Title: Linda Hunt' Birtrhday
Monday, April 2, 2012
Linda Hunt (born April 2, 1945) is an American <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States> film, stage and television actress <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Actress>. She is perhaps best known for her Academy Award <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academy_Awards>-winning role in 1982's The Year of Living Dangerously <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Year_of_Living_Dangerously>. She is currently portraying the role of Henrietta "Hetty" Lange, Office of Special Projects Operations Manager on the CBS <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CBS> Television series NCIS: Los Angeles <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NCIS:_Los_Angeles>. Beside her acting abilities, Hunt is distinguished by her small stature (she is 4' 9"/1.45 m tall ), and by her rich, resonant voice, which she has used in numerous documentaries, cartoons, and commercials. She is the on-air host for City Arts & Lectures <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_Arts_%26_Lectures>, a radio program recorded by KQED <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KQED-FM> public radio <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_radio>. Hunt was chosen by Walt Disney Feature Animation <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walt_Disney_Feature_Animation> to lend her enigmatic speaking and singing voice to Grandmother Willow <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grandmother_Willow> in the film Pocahontas <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pocahontas_(1995_film)>. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linda_Huntb>


Tuesday, April 3, 2012
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Event Title: Alexander Graham Bell was born on this day
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Alexander Graham Bell - (March 3, 1847 - August 2, 1922) Well-known as the inventor of the telephone Alexander was actually attempting to find a way that could make deaf people hear. His mother was slowly becoming deaf when Alexander was only 12 years old making him extremely sensitive to disabilities. Once older he was constantly seeking a way to cure them through technology. He himself had dyslexia which would cause him problems at school, but he always kept his interest for science, especially biology. He would show a great indifference for everything else and would have poor grades. Today Alexander Graham Bell is also well known as one of the founders of the National Geographic society.
http://www.disabled-world.com/artman/publish/article_2130.shtml#ixzz0w5K9ruDJ <http://www.disabled-world.com/artman/publish/article_2130.shtml>


Wednesday, April 4, 2012
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Event Title: Dr. Howard A. Rusk was born on this day
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Howard A. Rusk ( born 9 April 1901--4 November 1989) was a prominent physician <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physician> and founder of the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rusk_Institute_of_Rehabilitation_Medicine>. He was considered to be the founder of rehabilitation medicine.[1] <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_A._Rusk>" Target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_A._Rusk> Rusk was active in the Health for Peace movement in the 1950s and supported US efforts to participate more in rehabilitation medicine in international affairs. He was the first recipient of the Pacem in Terris award of the Pope John Paul II Center of Prayer and Study for Peace.

<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_A._Rusk>" Target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_A._Rusk>

http://www.nytimes.com/1989/11/05/obituaries/howard-rusk-88-dies-medical-pioneer.html



Thursday, April 5, 2012
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Event Title: -HEW Sit-Ins
Thursday, April 5, 2012
April 5th, 1977 -HEW Sit-Ins-- Disability rights activists in 10 cities, including Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, stage simultaneous sit-ins at the local and federal offices of the departments of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW). The activists demand enforcement of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that made it illegal for a contractor, school or other entity that received federal money to discriminate based on disability. On April 28th, the regulations were signed into law.


Event Title: Joseph Lister: father of modern surgery
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Joseph Lister: father of modern surgery
Lister was born in Upton, Essex, England, on April 5, 1827. He was the second of three children born to Joseph Jackson Lister, a very successful wine merchant and amateur scientist. Joseph Jackson Lister's design of a microscope lens which did not distort colours opened the way for the microscope to be used as a serious scientific tool. This contribution to science resulted in Joseph Jackson Lister's being made a Fellow of the Royal Society-the prestigious British association of experimental scientists.
The Listers were Quakers who led a quiet, simple life. Young Joseph attended Quaker schools in Hertfordshire and London, where science subjects were emphasized. Following matriculation, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of London in 1847. Shortly after this he contracted smallpox. When he had fully recovered, he returned to the University of London as a medical student, qualifying as a doctor in 1850. Lister obtained Bachelor's degrees in Medicine and Surgery, and in the process won two university gold medals for his outstanding marks. Further study saw Lister easily pass the examination to become a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) in 1852

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Lister,_1st_Baron_Lister

Saturday, April 7, 2012
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Event Title: Francis Ford Coppola's Birthday
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Francis Ford Coppola (born April 7, 1939) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. He is primarily known for directing the Godfather <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Godfather> films, The Conversation <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Conversation_(film)> and Apocalypse Now <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apocalypse_Now>. Coppola was born in Detroit <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detroit>, Michigan, to a family of Italian ancestry. Coppola had polio <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polio> as a boy, leaving him bedridden for large periods of his childhood, and allowing him to indulge his imagination with homemade puppet theater productions. Using his father's 8 mm movie camera, he began making movies when he was 10. {Wikipedia}


Monday, April 9, 2012
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Event Title: Charles Proteus Steinmetz was born on this day
Monday, April 9, 2012
Charles Proteus Steinmetz (April 9, 1865 - October 26, 1923) was a German-American <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German-American> mathematician <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mathematician> and electrical engineer <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrical_engineer>. He fostered the development of alternating current <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternating_current> that made possible the expansion of the electric power industry in the United States, formulating mathematical theories for engineers. He made ground-breaking discoveries in the understanding of hysteresis <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hysteresis> that enabled engineers to design better electric motors for use in industry. Two years after coming to America, Steinmetz patented a means of transmitting alternating current (A/C) <http://tenwatts.blogspot.com/2010/01/charles-steinmetz-was-dwarf.html>. It was the first of his 200+ patents in the US., most of them bought by the General Electric Company


Thursday, April 12, 2012
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Event Title: Terence Parkin birthday
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Terence Parkin (born April 12, 1980) is a deaf swimmer <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swimmer> from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe in South Africa <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Africa>. He won the silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2000_Summer_Olympics> in the 200 metres breaststroke <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breaststroke>. Parkin also competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004_Summer_Olympics>, as well as the 2005 Deaflympics <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deaflympics> in which he took home two gold medals.
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terence_Parkin>


Event Title: Jonas Salk's vaccine released to the public
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Jonas Salk's immunization against polio http://www.answers.com/topic/poliomyelitis> was released for general use (1955)

Two polio vaccines <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaccine> are used throughout the world to combat poliomyelitis <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poliomyelitis> (or polio). The first was developed by Jonas Salk <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonas_Salk> and first tested in 1952. Announced to the world by Salk on April 12, 1955, it consists of an injected dose of inactivated (dead) poliovirus <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poliovirus>. An oral vaccine was developed by Albert Sabin <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Sabin> using attenuated <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attenuated_virus> poliovirus. Human trials <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clinical_trial> of Sabin's vaccine began in 1957 and it was licensed in 1962.

<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polio_vaccine>


Friday, April 20, 2012
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Event Title: Patricio “Pat” Figueroa, Jr. Birthday
Friday, April 20, 2012

Patricio "Pat" Figueroa, Jr.
Patricio Figueroa, also known as Pat Figueroa was born in Catano, Puerto Rico on April 20. Pat is an artist, an author, a disability activist and advocate for people with disabilities, publisher, web designer, an inventor, entrepreneur, husband and father. He is one of ten children of Patricio and Josefina Figueroa. He founded the first independent living center in NYS in 1978, CIDNY, co-founded the 504 Democratic Club, and is the publisher of the national disability newspaper, Independence Today (<http://www.iTodaynews.com> ).

On November 21, 1980, Pat Figueroa, Jr., and the staffs of CIDNY, BILC, and members of Disabled In Action (DIA), took over the headquarters of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York, trapping then Chairman Richard Ravitch <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Ravitch> for over 10 hours. The event got national and international coverage even though John Tesh, then a local reporter for the CBS Channel 6 affiliate, was the only reporter allowed in to speak to the sit-in demonstrators. The disabled activists, all part of a group named Mass-transit Thru Access, blocked the three elevators with wheelchairs, and blocked the doors to the stair wells with heavy desks, filling cabinets, and other heavy items after letting staff members leave down the staircase. Figueroa, the leader and master-mind of the take-over of the MTA headquarters, refused to release Ravitch until he committed to negotiating in good faith with the disability community.
Around 7 PM, the NYC Tactical Squad forced one of the stair-well doors opened, and moved in to remove the protesters. All 232 demonstrators were removed, none were arrested but Richard Ravitch was forced to negotiate with the disability community, and eventually lost a lawsuit, under NYS law, that went all the way to the Supreme Court. The ADA cites this lawsuit litigated by James Weisman, from the Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association. Ravitch was the chairman of the M.T.A. during the 11-day 1980 New York City transit strike <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1980_New_York_City_transit_strike>, receiving death threats; in April 1981, a guard was injured in a shooting outside Ravitch's office by an armed intruder. " Struggling for disability advances has been akin to guerriIla warfare," he explains, "and at times my tactics had some people labeling me the 'Che Guevara' of disability'."
<http://www.ilusa.com/articles/alive_pat's_article.htm>
Read oral history:

http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/collections/drilm/collection/items/figueroa_patricio.html

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Monday, April 23, 2012
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Event Title: Ray Peterson was bon on this day
Monday, April 23, 2012
Ray Peterson (April 23, 1939[1] <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Peterson>" Target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Peterson>" Target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Peterson>" Target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Peterson>" Target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Peterson>" Target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Peterson>" Target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Peterson>" Target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Peterson> - January 25, 2005[2] <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Peterson>" Target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Peterson>" Target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Peterson>" Target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Peterson>" Target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Peterson>" Target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Peterson>" Target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Peterson>" Target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Peterson>) was an American <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States> pop music <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop_music> singer <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singing> who was best remembered for singing "Tell Laura I Love Her" and "Corrine, Corrina" in the 1960s. Ray T. Peterson was born in Denton <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denton,_Texas>, Texas <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas>.[2] <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Peterson>" Target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Peterson>" Target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Peterson>" Target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Peterson>" Target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Peterson>" Target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Peterson>" Target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Peterson>" Target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Peterson> As a boy he had to overcome polio <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poliomyelitis>.
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Thursday, April 26, 2012
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Event Title: American Social Class and the Birth of Popular Culture on the Lower East Side,
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Thursday April 26, at 7:30 pm:
"Bums Slummers and Swells--American Social Class and the Birth of Popular Culture on the Lower East Side, 1825-1855," describes the development of the class structure that we still live under in the United States, and the beginnings of what we now call Pop Culture. These transformations occurred simultaneously in the Lower East Side of nearly two centuries ago.
From slang and superheroes to tap dancing, from Hollywood action flicks to rap and rock 'n' roll, the raw forms and archetypes of our Popular Culture were laid down by the immigrants, former slaves and craftsmen who lived in the nation's first slum --the Five Points, now known as the Lower East Side. Their flash talk, gang violence, and sensational theater became part of American social bedrock, and helped make the Lower East Side the most culturally fertile square mile in the United States.
This talk will take place at the 54th Street Recreation Center, 348 East 54th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues.<http://warrenshawhistorian.com/Upcoming_Lectures.html>



Monday, April 30, 2012
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Event Title: Carl XVI Gustaf's Birthday
Monday, April 30, 2012
Carl XVI Gustaf (born April 30, 1946) whose full name is Carl Gustaf Folke Hubertus has been King of Sweden <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monarch_of_Sweden> since September 15, 1973. Prince Carl Gustaf was born at Haga Palace <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haga_Palace> in Solna <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solna_Municipality>, Stockholm County <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockholm_County>, Sweden <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweden>, the youngest of five children and the only son of Sweden's Prince Gustaf Adolf <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Gustaf_Adolf,_Duke_of_V%C3%A4sterbotten> and Princess Sibylla <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princess_Sibylla_of_Saxe-Coburg-Gotha>. His father's death in an airplane crash outside Copenhagen <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copenhagen>, Denmark <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denmark>, on January 26, 1947 left the nine-month-old Prince second in line for the throne. In a speech[1] <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_XVI_Gustaf_of_Sweden> in 2005, the King expressed some of his feelings about growing up without having known his father.Worldwide, Carl XVI Gustaf is probably best known as the presenter of the Nobel Prizes <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobel_Prize> each year. For many years, it was widely rumoured that the king had dyslexia <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyslexia>. Journalists noted that he misspelled his name when signing his accession document, and in 1973, when visiting a copper mine <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copper_mine> in Falun <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falun>, he misspelled his name as "Cal Gustf" when signing it on a rock wall. In an interview on Swedish television <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swedish_television> in 1997 the condition was admitted publicly when his wife addressed the issue.
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_XVI_Gusfaf>

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