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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.
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. 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: 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 ;-).