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Note: These historical tidbits have been collected from various sources, mostly on the Internet. As detailed in
there is a lot of wrong information that is repeated hundreds of times because most websites do not validate with authoritative
sources. On RF Cafe,
events with hyperlinks
have been verified.
significant historical events and
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date ;-) A couple years ago, I began commemorating the birthdays of notable people and events with
special RF Cafe logos
. Where available, I like to use images
from postage stamps from the country where the person or event occurred.
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the U.S. 1888:
John Hammond, Jr.
, developer of radio remote control, was born. 1892:
Sir Robert Alexander Watson-Watt
"Father of Radar," was born. 1909:
, who determined the way to
initiate fusion in a nuclear bomb was to use a fission reaction to create the necessary compression, was born.
Royal Flying Corps
was formed (later became the RAF). 1954: Nuclear bomb designer
was accused of being a communist. 1960: The first U.S. navigational satellite,
, was launched into Earth orbit. 1970: Apollo 13 announced "Houston,
we've had a problem here
" after an oxygen tank exploded en route to Moon. 1997:
, 21, became
the youngest person to win the Masters Tournament. 2008:
, who coined the term "Black Hole,"