648 B.C.: Earliest total solar eclipse recorded by Greeks was
observed. 1889: The Kodak Camera was offered for sale by George
Eastman. 1890: German aircraft designer
Anthony Fokker, creator of the Red Baron's famous
was born. 1892:
Donald Wills Douglas, of aircraft design fame, was born. 1912:
An electric starter first appeared in cars to replace the hand crank.
Hiram Maxim, with $50 in backing by the Radio Club of Hartford,
proposed the formation of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).
1917: America formally entered World War I. 1927:
William P. MacCracken, Jr. earned license number ‘1’ when the
Department of Commerce issued the first pilots license.1938: DuPont
researchers accidentally discovered polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)
and was marketed as Teflon. 1954: The TV Dinner was first sold by
Swanson & Sons. 1965: The first U.S. commercial geosynchronous
communications satellite, "Early
Bird" Intelsat 1, was launched. 1973: Pioneer 11 was launched
to Jupiter and Saturn. 1992: Prolific science fact and fiction writer
Isaac Asimov died. 1998: The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA)
closed above 9,000 for the first time.
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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.