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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.
Dr. Lee de Forest
, inventor of the Audion tube, was born.
1886: Jerome Hunsaker
, who in 1916 was awarded the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT)
first Ph.D. in aeronautical engineering, was born. 1895: Electricity was first transmitted commercially from the
first large-scale utilization of
power. 1929: The first roller
coaster built in the U.S. 1938: A
was used for the first time in the U.S. to send a radio broadcast. 1950:
, founder of Oldsmobile, died. 1957: The first Edsel
made by the Ford Motor Company rolled out. 1974: Aviation pioneer
Charles Augustus Lindbergh
died. 1978: Sigmund Jahn
blasted off aboard the
Russian Soyuz 31
became the first German in space. 1998: Nobel laureate
, who discovered the neutrino, died.