Damn the Torpedoes, Full Speed Ahead
, inventor of the atmospheric steam engine, died.
completed the Atlantic cable, establishing telegraphic
communication between the U.S. and England. 1884: The cornerstone
for the Statue
was laid on
in NY Harbor. 1861: The U.S. federal government
imposed its first
of 3% for all incomes over $800. 1864,
made the first spectroscopic observations
of a comet (Tempel
1864 II). 1914: The first traffic light was installed in
, OH. 1930:
, the first man to step foot on the moon, was
born. 1940: The first American paratrooper unit is formed at
, GA. 1962:
was found dead of a suicide. 1971: A British
sailor sailed around the world "in the wrong direction" (E to W).
1981: Firings began of air traffic controllers on illegal strike.
1986: The U.S. Senate voted for President Reagan's
project (Strategic Defense Initiative, aka Star Wars). 1991:
, who founded the Honda Motor Company, died. 1999:
became the 16th member of the 500-home run club.
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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.