Today is Smokey the Bear
Day (1944). 1678: American Indians sold the Bronx to
Jonas Bronck for
400 beads. 1776: Count Amedeo Avogadro,
who discovered that at the same T and P all volumes of a perfect gas contained the same
number of particles, and defined 6.022 x 1023 units per mole of a substance, was born.
1815: The first natural gas well in the U.S. was discovered. 1819:
the first dentist to use ether (letheon) during
a tooth extraction, was born. 1831: The first
train began its inaugural run between Albany and Schenectady, in NY. 1859: The
passenger elevator was patented.
1892: Thomas Edison received
a patent for the two-way telegraph. 1898:
was granted patent #608,845 for an "internal combustion engine" the
diesel engine. 1910: The first
washing machine was patented. 1945: During WW II, an atomic bomb (Fat Man)
was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, effectively ending the war begun with the 1941 surprise
raid at Pearl Harbor. 1956: The first statewide, state-supported
television network went on the air in AL. 1976: The U.S.S.R. launched
Luna 24, last lunar flight
to date from Earth. 1985:
a retired Navy officer, was found guilty of seven counts of spying for the Soviet Union.
1998: Chinese engineers
levees along the Yangtze River to ease the worst floods in 44 years. 2006: American
physicist James Van Allen,
discoverer of the Van Allen radiation belts, died.
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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.