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Louis Braille is Born
January 4, 1809

Louis Braille was born on January 4, 1809, in a small town called Coupvray, France. Louis and his family lived in a small house. His father worked as a master harness maker. He made saddles for horses.

When Louis was three years old, he blinded one eye in an accident in his father's tool shop. In a short time, he became blind in the other eye as well. He then “saw” the world through his fingers and ears.

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