William Wollaston, discoverer of
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
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:
obtained a patent for his
cathode ray tube. 1945: The American
B-29 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
orbited the earth 20 times, just four months after
made his historic venture. 1991:
published the first website on the
at CERN; it described how to use the world wide web. 1996: NASA announced that life may
have existed on Mars.
1997: Apple Computer and
Microsoft agreed to share technology
in a deal giving Microsoft a stake in Apple's survival.
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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.