discoverer of the current/resistance/heat relationship and after whom the unit of energy
is named, was born. 1865: Several veterans of the Confederate Army formed a private social
club called the Ku Klux Klan (U.S.
Senator Robert Byrd of WV, was a KKK Exalted Cyclops when in his
30s). 1872: Scottish physicist
William Rankine, an early investigator of thermodynamics who developed the
Johns Hopkins, endower of the college named after him, died. 1904:
Hughes was born. 1906: Reginald Fessenden gave what is generally considered to be the first
broadcast of entertainment by radio. 1947: The
point-contact transistor, invented days earlier by American physicists John Bardeen,
Walter H. Brattain, and William Shockley, was presented to Bell Labs management. 1963:
New York International Airport was rededicated as John F. Kennedy Airport. 1966:
The unmanned Russian Luna
13 spacecraft landed on Moon. 1968: The crew of the Apollo 8 spacecraft, the first
manned mission to the moon, transmitted a
Christmas message from lunar orbit. 1979: The first European-built
Ariane 1, successfully completed its maiden flight.
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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.