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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.
1804: American agriculturist and engineer
Deere was born. 1814:
Gardner Colton, who first used nitrous oxide (laughing gas) as an
anesthetic, was born. 1871:
Henry Steinway, of overstrung iron-frame grand piano frame, died.
Harry Nyquist, of Nyquist-Shannon sampling theorem fame, was born.
Monopoly was first marketed by Charles Darrow, and was later bought
my Parker Brothers. 1938: American industrialist
Harvey Firestone, who founded the tire company that bears his name,
died. 1943: The U.S. government announced that
shoe rationing (stamp no. 17) would go into effect in two days,
limiting each purchaser to three pairs for the remainder of the year.
Beatlemania arrived in the U.S. on the Ed Sullivan Show. 1971: Women
Switzerland won the right to vote. 1984: Navy Captain Bruce McCandless
became the first human being to fly untethered in space when he exited
the U.S. space shuttle Challenger and maneuvered freely, using
Manned Maneuvering Unit. 2003: The last (unsuccessful) attempt was
made to contact the
Pioneer 10 spacecraft.