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March 2

BORN:

Hailey Dawson –

Hailey was born on March 2, 2010. She was born with Poland Syndrome, and is missing three fingers on her right hand, and has an underdeveloped pinkie and thumb. At five years old, she was made a 3-D printed robotic hand by the University of Nevada, a college for Engineering, at the request of her mother. In 2017, she expressed a desire to use her robotic hand to throw the ceremonial first pitch in all 30 major league baseball parks. On September 16, 2018, Hailey completed her goal after an appearance at Angel Stadium. She also dropped the puck at a 2018 Vegas Golden Knights vs. Philadelphia Flyers hockey game. The chief designer of Hailey’s robotic arm is graduate student Maria Gerardi. As Hailey grows, Gerardi modifies the hand. Hailey will need another hand each year, as she grows. The hand operates by wrist movement: when Hailey flexes her wrist, the fingers grip, and when Hailey extends her wrist, the fingers uncurl. In 2017, Gerardi added an opposable thumb and fingertip ridges so Hailey can grip better. And per Hailey’s request, the hand has an arm covering so she can collect the autographs of the baseball players in stadiums she visits.

Hailey at age 8 tossing the first pitch

DIED:

Dusty Springfield –

Dusty Springfield was a British pop singer and record producer. Her original name was Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien. Dusty was born on the 16th of April 1939 in London. She was given the nickname “Dusty” because she used to play football with boys as a kid. Dusty had a mezzo-soprano voice and was an important singer of blue-eyed soul ( a term for blues/soul music sung by white artists). At her peak, she was one of the most successful British female performers, with six top 20 singles on the US Billboard Hot 100 and sixteen on the UK Singles Chart from 1963 to 1989. Dusty’s also in both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the UK Music Hall of Fame. Dusty was born in London on the 16th of April, 1939. In 1958 she joined her first professional group, The Lana Sisters, and two years later formed a vocal trio, The Springfields, with her brother Tom Springfield and Tim Field. Dusty left the Springfields after their final concert in 1963. In the same year, Dusty released her first single. January 1964, it was one of the first songs played on Top of the Pops, a BBC TV music programme. In December 1964, she toured South Africa and was deported for performing in front of an integrated audience, which went against the segregation policy in place at the time. Her contract excluded segregated performances, making her the first British artist to do so. In the same year, she was voted the Top Female British Artist of the year in the New Musical Express poll. There’s a lot more about Dusty and her music career, but I have to cut it here. If you’re interested in more about Dusty, there’s a lot you can find. But, in January 1994, Dusty started feeling sick.  A few months later, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She went through months of chemotherapy and treatment, and the cancer was supposedly gone. By mid-1996, her cancer came back, and despite going through numerous treatments, she died on March 2nd, 1999 at age 59.

Dusty Springfield in November 1966


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