Charles Wheatstone, who invented the resistive bridge circuit that eventually bore
his name, was born. 1804:
Joseph Priestley, discoverer elemental oxygen, ammonia, hydrochloric
acid gas, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and oxides of nitrogen, was born. 1886: German
chemist Clemens Winkler discovered the element germanium (named for Germania).
1895: Baseball's legendary home run hitter
Babe Ruth was born in Baltimore, MD. 1959: The U.S. successfully
test-fired for the first time a Titan intercontinental ballistic missile from Cape Canaveral. 1971:
Shepard used a six-iron that he had brought inside his spacecraft and swung at three
golf balls on the surface of the moon (video). 1998:
Washington's National Airport's name was changed to
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
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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
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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
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