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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
dates for inclusion in these lists. I will be glad to include your name and birthday. Please do not submit your death
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.
Christiaan Huygens, discoverer of the wave theory of light and of Saturn's moon Titan, was born. 1807: German
Jeremias Richter, who discovered law of equivalent proportions, died. 1869: The airbrake was patented by
George Westinghouse. 1894: The first public showing of Thomas Edison's kinetoscope took place. 1898:
Harold Black, who developed the
negative-feedback principle for amplifier design, was born. 1912: David Sarnoff picked up the distress call of the
Titanic relayed from ships at sea: "S.S. Titanic
ran into iceberg, sinking fast." 1918: U.S. First Aero Squadron engaged in America's first aerial dogfight with
enemy aircraft over Toul, France. 1956: Ampex Corporation of Redwood City, CA, demonstrated the first commercial
magnetic tape recorder for sound and picture. 1961: Manmade element Lawrencium (Lw, #103), was first produced.
2000: The Dow industrials plummeted 617 points and the Nasdaq composite index fell 355 points.