Dog Days of Summer
end. 1896: The first electric light bulb socket featuring an on-and-off pull chain was
patented by Harvey Hubbell.
1909: The liner Arapahoe was the first ship to use the radio distress call,
(save our ship, Morse
Code ···---···). 1919: Industrialist
died. 1921: Tom
Kilburn, who was the first to succeed in storing and then retrieving a bit of data
via software, was born. 1934: A load of America's most dangerous prisoners became the
first inmates on Alcatraz
Island. 1942: Actress
Markey (Lamarr) received a patent for a secret communication system (spread
WCBS-TV in New York City televised the
first baseball doubleheader (in color) between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Boston Braves.
1962: The Soviet Union launched cosmonaut
on a 94-hour flight. 1977:
Williams, co-inventor of the CRT (the "Williams tube"), died. 1984: President Ronald
Reagan joked during a voice test for a
radio address that he had "signed legislation that will outlaw Russia
forever. We begin bombing in five minutes." 1992: The
Mall of America
opened in Minneapolis as the largest shopping mall in the United States. 1997: President
Clinton made the first the use of the
approved by Congress. 1999: The last
total solar eclipse of the millennium occurred.
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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. Images used in the logos are often from open source websites
like Wikipedia, and are specifically credited with a hyperlink back to the source where
possible. Fair Use
laws permit small samples of copyrighted content.