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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.
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
RF Cafe logos
. Where available, I like to use images from postage stamps from the country where
the person or event occurred.
1473: Polish astronomer
Nicolaus Copernicus, who published proof of a sun-centered solar system, was born. 1834: Dutch ophthalmologist
Herman Snellen, developer of the visual acuity
Snellen Chart seen in all opticians' offices, was born. 1859:
Svante Arrhenius, whose famous
equation relating temperature change to chemical reactions and is applied to semiconductor lifetime
acceleration, was born. 1878: Thomas Edison received a patent for his
phonograph. 1916: Ernst Mach, of speed of
sound unit defining fame, died. 1945: During World War II, 30,000 U.S. Marines landed on the island of
Iwo Jima, where they encountered ferocious resistance from Japanese forces, and took control of the
strategically important island after a month-long battle. 1977: President Ford pardons Iva Toguri D'Aquino ("Tokyo Rose").
1986: The Soviet Union launched the
Mir space station.