1836: The siege
of the Alamo
began in San Antonio, TX. 1855: German mathematician and experimenter in magnetism
Gauss died. 1886: Charles Hall separated
from ore using an electrolytic process. 1893:
Rudolf Diesel (I kid
you not) received a German patent for the diesel engine. 1927: The
Federal Radio Commission (FRC, later became the FCC) began assigning
frequencies, hours of operation and power allocations for radio broadcasters. 1936: The
first (and last) rocket-powered air mail flight was made from Greenwood Lake, NY to NJ
in the rocketplane Gloria.
1944: Leo Baekeland, inventor of Bakelite, which played a large role as an insulator in early electronics,
died. 1945: U.S. Marines raised the American flag on
Iwo Jima, creating
the subject for the infamous photo & statue. 1954: The first mass inoculation of
children against polio with the Salk vaccine began in Pittsburgh, PA. 1987: At 10:42 am, the
Minister for Communications
for Australia received his country's first official call via an analogue mobile phone.
1995: The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed above 4,000 for the first time. 1997: A fire erupted on
the Mir space station. 2006: The 1 billionth tune was downloaded from the
music store website.
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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.