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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.
1844: Francis Baily, who studied the
solar eclipse phenomenon of
Baily's Beads, died. 1871: British Nobel Prize winner
Sir Ernest Rutherford, who discovered alpha and beta particles, as well as gamma radiation, was
co-inventor of the ENIAC computer, was born. 1914: The
of Paris by a German airplane occurred. 1929: General Electric delivered to
Colonel E.H. Green the first commercial hybrid auto that used both gasoline and electric power. 1940:
Sir J.J. Thomson, who won a Nobel Prize for his work on cathode rays, died. 1963: The
communications link between the White House and the Kremlin became operational. 1983:
Guion Bluford Jr.
became the first black American astronaut to travel in space, flying aboard the shuttle Challenger. 1985: My son, Philip, was born - Happy Birthday! 1993: "The Late Show with David Letterman" premiered on
CBS. 1994: The largest U.S. defense contractor was created when the
corporations agreed to a merger. 2004: Astronomer
Fred Whipple, who proposed the
"dirty snowball" model for comets, died.