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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.
John Pell, who introduced the division sign
(the obelus, ÷) to England, died. 1894:
Philip Drinker, who
iron lung, was born. 1899: The first U.S. patent for a
was issued to George Grant. 1901: Guglielmo Marconi transmitted first
long distance communication, dit-dit-dit ("s"),
using "Hertzian" waves. 1921: Astronomer
Henrietta Swan Leavitt, who
discovered the relationship between period and luminosity in Cepheid variables, died. 1927:
Robert Noyce, co-inventor of the integrated
circuit and nicknamed "the Mayor of Silicon Valley", was born. 1961: The first satellite put in orbit built by
private citizens, the 10-lb
Oscar I ("Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur
Radio") was launched. 1971: American communications pioneer and RCA's first general manager,
David Sarnoff, died. 1980:
Computer Software Act of 1980 defined computer programs and clarified extent of protection
afforded software. 1994: IBM said it would halt shipments of Pentium computers because of the "floating point"
bug in the Pentium chip. 2005: RFMD was recognized as 'Electronics Company of the Year' by the NCTA. 2005:
Panasonic announced that it would
withdraw from the GSM handset market.