archaeologist Jean-François Champollion, who first deciphered the
unlocking the language of ancient Egypt, was born. 1823: The poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" by Clement C. Moore ("'Twas the Night
Before Christmas...") was published. 1870: Thomas Edison was issued a patent for an "Improvement in Magneto Electric Machines." 1880: Thomas Edison incorporated
the Edison Electric Light Company of Europe. 1939: German
aircraft designer Anthony Fokker, creator of the Red Baron's famous
DR-1 triplane, died. 1968: Astronauts
on Apollo 8 became the first men to orbit the Moon, and took the famous
"Earthrise" photo. 1973: Gerard Kuiper, who discovered Miranda, a moon of Uranus, and Nereid,
a moon of Neptune, and after whom the
Kuiper Belt is
named, died. 1975: The
Conversion Act of 1975 was signed into law. 1986: The experimental airplane
Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, completed the first non-stop, around-the-world
flight without refueling as it landed safely at Edwards AFB in CA.
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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.