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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 New Mexico Annexation
Day. 1834: Aeronautical pioneer Samuel Langley was born. 1868:
Willis Whitney, who
founded the General Electric research laboratory, was born. 1902: In
Hartford, CT, President Theodore
Roosevelt became the first president to ride in an automobile. 1906: The
Victor Talking Machine Company began to manufacture the Victrola record player. 1910: Japan formally annexed Korea. 1932: The
BBC began its first TV broadcast in England.
1940: Analog design legend
Bob Pease was born. 1940: Sir Oliver Lodge, who
perfected the radio detection coherer, died. 1962: The world's first nuclear-powered ship, the
Savannah, completed its maiden voyage
from Yorktown, VA, to Savannah, GA. 1890: James McDonnell, founder of the
McDonnell Aircraft Company, died. 1992: Vicki Weaver
was killed by an FBI sharpshooter as she stood with her baby in her arms at Ruby Ridge, OR, compliments of Janet
Reno. 1989: The first complete ring around Neptune was discovered.