Today is Joe Miller's Jest
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
cable. 1863: President Lincoln signed the
1884: Hugo Gernsback,
electronics inventor, futurist, marketer, author, and publisher, was born. 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:
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:
died - or so they say ;-).
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Apr | May |
Jun | Jul |
Aug | Sep |
Oct | Nov |
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.