Charles Babbage, whose difference engine is considered the first programmable calculator,
was born. 1838: Clemens Winkler (no relation to
The Fonz), discoverer
of the element
germanium, was born. 1898: Polish-French scientist Marie Curie discovered
the radioactive element radium while experimenting with pitchblende. 1967: A patent was
issued to the Wham-O company for their
improvement of the
Frisbee. 1975: The Soviet Union inaugurated the world's first supersonic
transport service with a flight of its
Tupolev-144 airliner from Moscow to Alma-Ata. 1982: The Man of the
Year in Time magazine was a computer (first ever non-human), honored as 1982's "greatest
influence for good or evil."
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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.