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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.
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
RF Cafe logos
. Where available, I like to use images from postage stamps from the country where
the person or event occurred.
Damn the Torpedoes, Full
Speed Ahead Day. 1729:
Thomas Newcomen, inventor of the atmospheric steam engine, died. 1858:
completed the Atlantic cable, establishing telegraphic communication between the U.S. and England. 1884: The
cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty
was laid on Bedloe's Island in NY Harbor. 1861: The U.S. federal government imposed its first income tax of 3% for all incomes over $800. 1864,
Giovanni Donati made the first
spectroscopic observations of a comet (Tempel, 1864 II). 1914: The first
traffic light was installed in
Cleveland, OH. 1930:
Neil Armstrong, the first man
to step foot on the moon, was born. 1940: The first American paratrooper unit is formed at
Fort Benning, GA. 1962:
Marilyn Monroe 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:
Soichiro Honda, who founded the Honda Motor Company, died. 1999:
Mark McGwire became the 16th member of
the 500-home run club.