agriculturist and engineer John 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.
1889: Harry Nyquist, of Nyquist-Shannon sampling theorem fame, was born.
was first marketed by Charles Darrow, and was later bought my Parker Brothers. 1938:
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. 1964:
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 the
Manned Maneuvering Unit. 2003: The last (unsuccessful) attempt was made to contact
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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.