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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.
begin today. 1807: Robert Fulton's
made its first trip up NY's Hudson River. 1859: The first U.S.
was made in a balloon from Lafayette, IN. 1891: The automobile electric self-starter was patented. 1893:
, discoverer of the element rhenium (Re, 75), was born. 1960:
Francis Gary Powers'
U-2 spy trial opened in
slammed into the Gulf Coast at Biloxi, MS. 1978: The first trans-Atlantic
completed, from Maine to France. 1982: The
made its debut from Philips, featuring the group ABBA. 1998: Bill Clinton admitted to Lewinsky
affair after a previous public denial. 2000:
, developer of the Bell X-1
supersonic airplane, died.