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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.
1731: Brook Taylor, developer of the
Taylor Series in mathematics, died.
1766: Scottish chemist Charles Macintosh, inventor of the rubberized raincoat that bears his name, was born. 1800:
Charles Goodyear, who invented vulcanization of rubber, was born. 1848: President James Polk turned on the
at the White House. 1891: Thomas Edison was issued a patent for "telegraphy without wires." 1905:
Henri-Gaston Busignies, developer of HF (high frequency) direction finding equipment, was born. 1916:
Cleveland Abbe, known as "the father of
the U.S. Weather Bureau," died. : German engineer
Wilhelm Maybach, who invented the fuel
spray carburetor, died. 1940: During WWII, Germany began dropping incendiary bombs on London in what became known
as "The Second Great Fire of London."
of Bridgeport, CT, became the first UHF television station to begin operating on a regular daily schedule. 1987:
Cosmonaut Yuri Romanenko ended his record 326-day space flight. 1999: The
NASDAQ closed above 4,000 for the first time, at 4,041.46, after having 60 record highs for the