1609: The telescope was first demonstrated by
, who coined the term "diode," was born. 1806:
Charles-Augustin de Coulomb
, after whom the unit of charge is
named, died. 1899: The first ship-to-shore wireless message announced
the arrival of the U.S. Army ship
. 1914: The Emperor of Japan
on Germany. 1933:
, after whom the vector calculus operation is not
named, but who did co-discover the first
carbon cluster, was born. 1939: Germany and the Soviet
Union sign a
. 1977: Bryan Allen won the
for the first human-powered flight by pedaling
at least a mile. 1987: In an event called the
"Union of Great Minds,"
(inventor of the artificial heart) and
Marilyn vos Savant
(IQ of 228, syndicated columnist) were married.
1990: Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein appeared on state television with
. 1999: The
closed at 11,210, within 1% of where it is today in 2006. 2001:
Sir Fred Hoyle
, the astronomer who coined the term "Big Bang,"
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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.