1520: Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean after passing through the South American strait that now bears his name. 1869: William Semple of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, patented chewing gum. 1882: English astrophysicist Sir Arthur Eddington was born. 1895: The world's first movie theater opened in Paris, France. 1923: French architect Gustave Eiffel, of tower fame, died. 1929: Dutch astronomer Maarten Schmidt, who discovered the distance vs. spectral shift paradox of quasars, was born. 1964: The U.S. launched the space probe Mariner 4 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 Montgomery Ward announced it is going out of business after 128 years. 2005: GIOVE-A, the first in a series of test-bed Galileo 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. 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.
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