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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.
1602: French mathematician
Gilles de Roberval, who invented the
Roberval balance weighing scale, was born. 1846: Act of Congress signed by President James K. Polk established
the Smithsonian Institution. 1856:
William Willett, who
invented the concept of
Daylight Saving Time, was born. 1886: A patent for welding by using electricity was awarded to
Elihu Thomson. 1896:
Otto Lilienthal, who accomplished some of
the first controlled glider flights, died. 1909:
Leo Fender, inventor of the first
solid body electric guitar, was born. 1909:
Ford trademarked "Explosive-engines and their parts." 1913:
Wolfgang Paul, who developed the Paul trap for holding electrons long enough to study them, was
born. 1928: The Federal Radio Commission issued first U.S. television license to Charles Jenkins Labs in
Washington, D.C. 1945:
Robert Goddard, "the father of modern rocketry," died. 1948: WABC TV channel 7 in New York, (ABC)
began broadcasting. 1949: The National Military Establishment was renamed the Department of Defense. 1966: "Daylight Meteor,"
seen from Utah to Canada, was the only known case of a meteor entering Earth's atmosphere & leaving it again.
1990: Magellan spacecraft went into orbit around Venus. 1996: Cascading
power outages hit parts of nine western states.