1609: The telescope was first demonstrated
by Galileo. 1875:
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
declared war on Germany. 1933:
Robert Curl, after whom the vector calculus operation is not named, but who did co-discover
the first Fullerene
carbon cluster, was born. 1939: Germany and the Soviet Union sign a
1977: Bryan Allen won the Kremer Prize for the first human-powered flight by pedaling the
Gossamer Condor at least a mile. 1987: In an event called the "Union
of Great Minds,"
Robert Jarvik (inventor of the artificial heart) and
Marilyn vos Savant (IQ of 228,
syndicated columnist) were married. 1990: Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein appeared on state
western hostages. 1999: The Dow Jones 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," 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.