, known as "the father of the U.S. Weather Bureau,"
was born. 1888: German optician
, of precision optics fame, died. 1924: American computer
, inventor of the
language (FORmula TRANslation), was born. 1942: American physicist
, who is credited for inventing the first commercially
viable optical fiber, was born. 1956: The
was recommissioned as the first guided missile destroyer.
Dr. Christiaan Barnard
performed the first human heart transplant
on Louis Washkansky, who lived 18 days with the new heart. 1973:
passed Jupiter in the first fly-by of an outer planet.
1983: Over 40 tons of highly poisonous methyl isocyanate gas leaked
out of the Union Carbide pesticide factory in
, India, killing thousands of souls. 1992: British engineer
sent the world's first text message (SMS). 1999: NASA's Jet Propulsion
Laboratory (JPL) lost communications with the
Mars Polar Lander
moments before impact.
| Feb | Mar |
Apr | May |
Jun | Jul |
Aug | Sep |
Oct | Nov |
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.