Nights begin today. 1807:
Robert Fulton's steamboat
Clermont made its first trip up NY's Hudson River. 1859: The first U.S.
air mail delivery was made in a balloon from Lafayette, IN. 1891: The
automobile electric self-starter was patented. 1893:
Walter Noddack, discoverer of the element rhenium (Re, 75), was born.
1960: Francis Gary
Powers' U-2 spy trial opened in Moscow. 1969:
Hurricane Camille slammed into the Gulf Coast at Biloxi, MS. 1978:
The first trans-Atlantic
balloon flight was completed, from Maine to France. 1982: The
CD-ROM 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.
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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.