Today is 007 Day (Sean
demonstrated his first telescope to Venetian lawmakers.
1814: The British continue burning Washington, D.C., but the
was saved by the British Superintendent of Patents,
Dr. William Thornton
, 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
," carried 26 passengers 13 miles over the tracks of the
, who discovered the principle of electromagnetic
induction (Faraday's Law), died. 1880:
, founder of the Lionel model train company, was
, who discovered radiation (Becquerel rays)
from uranium salts, died. 1910:
, inventor of the Rolodex (rolling index), was born.
, inventor of the mercury vapor lamp, died. 1944:
Paris was liberated from Nazi occupation (Freedom
, inventor of the quartz crystal based Peirce oscillator,
died. 1965: The Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained
was founded. 1981:
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
operating system. 1992:
, the U.S.'s 2nd most destructive hurricane
(Katrina #1) thrashed south Florida and the Louisiana coast.
| Feb | Mar |
Apr | May |
Jun | Jul |
Aug | Sep |
Oct | Nov |
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.