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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.
Alessandro Volta, inventor of the
storage battery and namesake of the "volt" unit, was born. 1838:
Ernst Mach, of speed of sound unit defining
fame, was born. 1851:
Karl Gustav Jacob Jacobi,
founder of elliptical functions, died. 1871:
Harry Brearley, inventor of stainless
steel, was born. 1875: Auguste Bartholdi was granted patent for the
Statue of Liberty. 1898: Car manufacturer and racing star
Enzo Ferrari was born. 1908: Lee de Forest
received a patent on his
Audion amplification tube. 1885: Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was first published. 1930: The ninth has-been planet of our
Pluto, was discovered. 1957: American astronomer
Henry Russell, who showed the
relationship between a star's brightness and its spectral type, and co-created the
Hertzsprung-Russell diagram, died. 1967: The "Father of the Atomic Bomb,"
Robert Oppenheimer, died. 1977: The
Enterprise, sitting atop a Boeing 747, went on its maiden "flight" above the Mojave Desert.
1981: American aviation pioneer
died. 2001: Veteran NASCAR driver
Dale Earnhardt Sr., 49, died from injuries suffered in a crash at the Daytona 500.