1868: American industrialist
, who founded the tire company that bears his
name, was born. 1879: Thomas Edison privately demonstrated his incandescent
light at Menlo Park, NJ. 1880: New York's Broadway was first lighted
by electricity and became known as the "Great
." 1901: American physicist and high voltage experimenter
Robert Van de Graaff
was born. 1921: German physician
, inventor of the
, died. 1945: The Office of Price Administration announced
the end of tire rationing. 1946: Frank Capra's "It's
a Wonderful Life
," premiered. 1951: At 1:50 p.m., the first
electricity ever generated by atomic power was produced by the
turbine generator at the Argonne National Laboratory.
1952: Einsteinium (Es, 99) discovered. 1996: American astronomer
and writer, producer of the "Cosmos" series,
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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.