Today is 007 Day (Sean Connery born). 1609:
his first telescope to Venetian lawmakers. 1814: The British continue burning Washington,
D.C., but the
Office was saved by the British Superintendent of Patents,
Thornton. 1819: James Watt,
inventor of the steam engine and after whom the unit of power is named, died. 1830: The
first locomotive in the U.S. to carry passengers, the "Tom Thumb,"
carried 26 passengers 13 miles over the tracks of the
B&O Railroad. 1867:
Faraday, who discovered the principle of electromagnetic induction (Faraday's Law),
died. 1880: Joshua
Lionel Cowen, founder of the Lionel model train company, was born. 1908:
Antoine Becquerel, who discovered radiation (Becquerel rays) from uranium salts,
died. 1910: Arnold Neustadter,
inventor of the Rolodex (rolling index), was born. 1921:
Peter Hewitt, inventor
of the mercury vapor lamp, died. 1944: Paris was liberated from Nazi occupation (Freedom
Pierce, inventor of the quartz crystal based Peirce oscillator, died. 1965: The Society
for the Investigation of the Unexplained (SITU) was founded. 1981: Voyager 2 flew past Saturn and provided hundreds of close-up images.
1991: Linus Torvalds posted a message to the comp.os.minix newsgroup stating his intention
to create what would become the Linux
operating system. 1992: Hurricane Andrew, the U.S.'s 2nd most destructive hurricane (Katrina
#1) thrashed south Florida and the Louisiana coast.
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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.