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there is a lot of wrong information that is repeated hundreds of times because most websites do not validate with authoritative
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significant historical events and
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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.
Today is National Code Talker's Day. Tonight is the peak of the Perseid meteors. 1777: Hans Christian Øersted, who discovered electromagnetism and after whom the unit of magnetic field (H) is named, was born. 1888: A patent for the electric meter was granted to Oliver Shallenberger. 1896: Gold was discovered in Canada's Yukon Territory, and within the next year more than 30,000 people rushed to the area to prospect for gold. 1919: A U.S. flying boat carried the first international air mail delivery to Canada via the sea. 1932: Royal Philips made its 1 millionth radio. 1935: The Social Security Act was signed into law. 1945: President Truman announced that Japan had accepted terms for unconditional surrender, ending World War II. 1953: The whiffle ball, a ball that curved when it was thrown, was invented by David Mullany for his 13-year-old son. 1959: The first meeting to organize the American Football League was held. 1988: Car manufacturer and racing star Enzo Ferrari died. 1994: Hubble Space Telescope photographs revealed that Uranus had Saturn-like rings. 1997: Cosmonauts Vasily Tsibliyev and Alexander Lazutkin returned safely home after a disastrous six-month mission aboard the Mir space station. 2000: A Russian submarine with 120 crewmen was reported stranded at the bottom of the Barents Sea.