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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.
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
RF Cafe logos
. Where available, I like to use images from postage stamps from the country where
the person or event occurred.
Today is Joe Miller's Jest Day. 1845:
Gabriel Lippmann, who produced the first color photographic plate, was born. 1858: A telegraphed message from
Britain's Queen Victoria to U.S. President Buchanan was transmitted over the recently laid
trans-Atlantic cable. 1863: President Lincoln signed the
Emancipation Proclamation. 1888:
John Pemberton, the pharmacist who invented
Coca-Cola, died. 1896: The
Yukon Gold Rush began when gold was discovered in Bonanza
Creek. 1898: The loop-the-loop roller coaster was patented by
Edwin Prescott. 1899:
Robert Bunsen, of laboratory burner fame, died. 1920:
Sir Joseph Lockyer, who
co-discovered the element helium in the sun's spectrum, died. 1948: Baseball legend
Babe Ruth died in New York at age 53. 1954: "Sports
Illustrated" magazine first published. 1960: Free-fall world record set by
Joseph Kittinger when he fell more than 16 miles (about 84,000 feet) before opening his parachute over NM.
1977: Elvis Presley died - or so
they say ;-).