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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014.
By United Press International

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Jan. 4, 2013.
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Campaign promotes use of Braille

TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 30 (UPI) -- The declining use of Braille in the United States puts visually impaired people at an economic disadvantage, says the National Federation of the Blind.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Jan. 4, 2008.
By United Press International

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007.
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The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 4, the fourth day of 2006, with 361 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 4, the fourth day of 2005, with 361 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, Jan. 4, the fourth day of 2004, with 362 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, Jan. 4, the fourth day of 2003, with 361 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Friday, Jan. 4, the fourth day of 2002, with 361 to follow.
By United Press International
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Louis Braille (English pronunciation: /ˈbreɪl/; French: ; January 4, 1809 – January 6, 1852) was the inventor of braille, a world-wide system used by blind and visually impaired people for reading and writing. Braille is read by passing the fingers over characters made up of an arrangement of one to six embossed points. It has been adapted to almost every known language.

Louis Braille became blind at the age of 3, when he accidentally stabbed himself in the eye with an awl, one of his father's workshop tools. Braille's other eye went blind because of sympathetic ophthalmia.

At the very young age of 10, Braille earned a scholarship to the National Institute for the Blind in Paris, one of the first of its kind in the world. However, the conditions in the school were not notably better. Louis was served stale bread and water, and students were sometimes abused or locked up as a form of punishment.

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