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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.
1635: The first recorded hurricane in America
Plymouth Colony. 1852:
Johan Gadolin, discoverer of the element yttrium (the Y in YIG), died. 1877:
Thomas Edison coined the telephone greeting
"Hello," instead of "Ahoy," suggested by
Alexander Graham Bell. 1892:
Louis de Broglie, known for his research on quantum theory and for his discovery of the wave
nature of electrons, was born. 1914: The
Panama Canal was opened to traffic as an
American ship sailed from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean (the Chinese government now operates the canal). 1935:
Wiley Post, who made the first round-the-world solo flight (15,596 miles) in his
Lockheed Vega 5B single-engine aircraft, died. 1945:
Emperor Hirohito broadcast over the radio that
Japan had accepted terms for unconditional surrender, ending
World War II. 1948: The
Republic of Korea
was proclaimed - ROK Constitution.
1994: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced it had cooled atoms to 700 nanokelvins, the coldest temperature ever recorded.
Dow Jones dropped 247.37 points. 2001: Astronomers announced the discovery of the first
outside our own. 2006: The Voyager 1
spacecraft reached the milestone of being 100 AU from the sun.