1520: Portuguese navigator
reached the Pacific Ocean after passing through
the South American strait that now bears his name. 1869: William
Semple of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, patented
. 1882: English astrophysicist
Sir Arthur Eddington
was born. 1895: The world's first
opened in Paris, France. 1923: French architect
, of tower fame, died. 1929: Dutch astronomer
, who discovered the distance vs. spectral shift
was born. 1964: The U.S. launched the space probe
on a course to Mars. 1976: Patent #4,000,000
was issued in to Robert Mendenhall for a process for recycling asphalt
compositions. 2000: U.S. retail giant
announced it is going out of business after
128 years. 2005: The first in a series of test-bed
navigation satellites was launched by the European Union.
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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.