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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.
1821: Linus Yale
, inventor and
manufacturer of locks, including the cylinder or pin-tumbler lock known by his name, was born. 1826:
, inventor of the Gramme dynamo, was born. 1850: The city of
was incorporated. 1876: Alfred Nobel obtained a patent for his
coupound.1883: American inventor Peter Cooper
, who invented the first steam
locomotive, named "Tom Thumb," died. 1919: Sir William Crookes
, who showed that
cathode rays were fast-moving electrons, died. 1929: German mechanical engineer
, who designed built the world's first practical auto powered by an internal-combustion engine, died.
American Interplanetary Society
was founded. 1932: After five years of research, professor C.G. King, of the
University of Pittsburgh, isolated
. 1945: U.S. forces liberated the Nazi death camp Ohrdruf
in Germany. 1968: Nobel laureate
Martin Luther King Jr.
, 39, was shot to death in Memphis, TN. 1975: Microsoft Corporation
was formed by Bill Gates
and Paul Allen, originally to sell BASIC
interpreters for the
, of Nyquist-Shannon sampling theorem fame, died. 1983: The space shuttle
made its maiden voyage. 1984: George Orwell's novel,
, begins on this date. 1994: Netscape Communications
Communications) was founded.