Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first military engagements
of the American Revolutionary War including "the shot heard round the world," were fought.
1831: German physicist
Johann Gottlieb Friedrich von Bohnenberger, inventor of the gyroscope,
died. 1877: Ole
Evinrude, of outboard motor fame, was born. 1906: Nobel laureate
Pierre Curie, who along with his wife, Marie, discovered spontaneous
radioactivity in radium and polonium, died. 1948: The
ABC television network went on the air for the first time. 1961: My lovely wife,
Melanie, was born - Happy Birthday! 1975: India launched its first satellite,
with aid from the USSR. 1989: Pro-Democracy demonstrations began in Beijing's Tiananmen
Square. 1993: Attorney General Janet Reno ordered the raid on the
Branch-Davidian compound in Waco, TX, that resulted in the death
of 86 men, women and children. 1995: A truck bomb, driven by Timothy McVeigh and an unidentified
passenger, exploded outside the
Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people,
and injuring 500.
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historical tidbits have been collected from various sources, mostly on the Internet.
As detailed in
this article, 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. Many 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. Images used in the logos are often from open source websites
like Wikipedia, and are specifically credited with a hyperlink back to the source where
possible. Fair Use
laws permit small samples of copyrighted content.