1791: The first ten amendments to the Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights (yes, that includes the 2nd), went into effect following ratification by the state of Virginia. 1832: French architect Gustave Eiffel, of tower fame, was born. 1836: The U.S. Patent Office caught fire and burned to the ground. 1851: Charles Duryea, who along with his brother built the first commercially sold automobiles, was born. 1852: Antoine Becquerel, who discovered radiation (Becquerel rays) from uranium salts, was born. 1958: Austrian-Swiss Nobel physicist Wolfgang Pauli, of Exclusion Principal fame, died. 1964: A patent was granted to Kenneth Olsen for a magnetic core memory. 2000: The Chernobyl nuclear plant in the Ukraine shut down permanently, 14 years after its catastrophic meltdown. 2001: The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopened to the public after a decade-long restoration.
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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.
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