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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.
discoverer of palladium and
rhodium, was born. 1806: The
Holy Roman Empire went out of existence as Emperor Francis I abdicated. 1881:
Alexander Fleming, who discovered penicillin, was born. 1890: The
electric chair was used for the first time to execute
murderer William Kemmler, in NY. 1934: U.S. troops left
Haiti, which had been occupied since 1915. 1935: William Coolidge obtained a patent for his
cathode ray tube. 1945: The American
bomber "Enola Gay" dropped the first atomic bomb (nicknamed
"Little Boy") over the center of
Hiroshima, Japan, marking the beginning of the end of the war begun four years earlier with the massacre at
Pearl Harbor. 1961: Russian cosmonaut
Gherman Titov orbited the earth 20 times,
just four months after
Yuri Gagarin made his historic venture.
Tim Berners-Lee published the first website on the
WWW while at CERN; it described how
to use the world wide web. 1996: NASA announced that life may have existed on
Apple Computer and
Microsoft agreed to share technology in a deal giving
Microsoft a stake in Apple's survival.