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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
weighing scale, was born. 1846: Act of Congress signed by President James K. Polk established
the Smithsonian Institution
invented the concept of
Daylight Saving Time
, was born. 1886: A patent for welding by using electricity was awarded to
, who accomplished some of
the first controlled glider flights, died. 1909:
, inventor of the first
solid body electric guitar, was born. 1909:
trademarked "Explosive-engines and their parts
, 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:
, "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.
spacecraft went into orbit around Venus. 1996: Cascading
hit parts of nine western states.