1449: The first known British patent was issued to
John of Utynam
for a method of making stained glass. 1827: German
, known as "the father of acoustics," died. 1829:
James Carrington patented his coffee mill - a very important invention!
service was inaugurated in San Francisco; it lasted
only a year and a half once the telegraph came online. 1926: Astronaut
was born. 1948: President
Truman signed the Economic Recovery Act, known as
, which allocated more than $5 billion in aid for
16 European countries. 1965: The
ion engine satellite became the first nuclear reactor
to orbit Earth. 1973: The first portable phone (cellphone) call
was placed by Motorola employee Martin Cooper on his 10"x3"x1.5",
30 oz DynaTAC "shoebox
." 1996: Unabomber
was arrested. 2000: the
set a one-day record when it lost 349.15 points (before
Bush was even elected).
| Feb | Mar |
Apr | May |
Jun | Jul |
Aug | Sep |
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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.