Damn the Torpedoes, Full Speed Ahead Day. 1729:
Thomas Newcomen, inventor of the atmospheric steam engine, died.
1858: Cyrus Field
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,
made the first spectroscopic observations of a comet (Tempel,
1864 II). 1914: The first traffic light was installed in
Cleveland, OH. 1930:
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. 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. Images used in the logos are often from open source websites
like Wikipedia, and are specifically credited with a hyperlink back to the source where
possible. Fair Use
laws permit small samples of copyrighted content.