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Note: These historical tidbits have been collected from various sources, mostly on the Internet. As detailed in
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.
significant historical events and
dates for inclusion in these lists. I will be glad to include your name and birthday. Please do not submit your death
date ;-) A couple 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.
1571: German astronomer
Johannes Kepler, who formulated the
three major laws of planetary motion, was born. 1771:
Henri Pitot, discoverer of the pitot
tube used for airspeed measurements, died. 1822: French microbiologist
Louis Pasteur, who developed the
pasteurization process for milk preservation and developed the rabies vaccine, was born. 1825: The first public
railroad using steam locomotive was completed in England. 1923: French civil engineer
Gustave Eiffel, of tower fame, died.
Radio City Music Hall opened in NYC. 1949:
United States of Indonesia
gained independence from Netherlands. 1956: USAF Captain Milburn Apt piloted the
Bell X-2 to Mach 3.2, the first time past Mach 3. 968:
Apollo 8 and its three astronauts made a safe, nighttime splashdown in the Pacific. 1977:
Star Wars hit British theaters.