1520: Portuguese navigator
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
Eddington was born. 1895: The world's first
movie theater opened in Paris, France. 1923: French architect
of tower fame, died. 1929: Dutch astronomer
who discovered the distance vs. spectral shift paradox of
quasars, was born. 1964:
The U.S. launched the space probe
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
Ward announced it is going out of business after 128 years. 2005: 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. Fair Use
laws permit small samples of copyrighted content.