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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.
1693: Champagne was invented by
Dom Perignon. 1790: The U. S. Coast Guard was
Herman A. Affel, co-inventor of coaxial cable, was born. 1921: The first radio broadcast of a tennis match
occurred in Pittsburgh, PA. 1900:
Etienne Lenoir, who
developed the first commercially successful internal combustion engine, died. 1922: Every telephone in the U.S.
and Canada went dead as
shut down all its switchboards and switching stations for 1 minute, from from 6:25 to 6:26 PM, in memory of
Alexander Graham Bell, who died two days earlier. 1954: Britain's first supersonic fighter plane, the
P-1 English Electric Lightning, made its
maiden flight. 1954 : The uranium rush began in Saskatchewan, Canada. 1971: The U.S. launched the first satellite (subsatellite) into lunar orbit from manned spacecraft as part of the
Apollo 15 mission. 1977: U.S.
Department of Energy was created. 1987: The FCC voted 4-0 to rescind the [un]Fairness Doctrine
for broadcasters. 1998: The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) plunged 299.43 points, the 3rd-biggest point drop up to that time.