World Braille Day is annually celebrated on January 4, the birthday of Braille inventor, Louis Braille. The day recognizes the contributions of Louis Braille in helping blind and visually impaired people to read and write.

Louis Braille was a French educator and inventor of a system of reading and writing for use by the blind or visually impaired. His system remains virtually unchanged to this day, and is known worldwide simply as braille.

Born: 4 January 1809, Coupvray, France
Died: 6 January 1852, Paris, France
Nationality: French
Books: New Method for Representing by Dots, the Form of Letters: The 1839 Brochure
Invented: Braille