1903: Granville Woods was issued a patent for an "Electric Railway System
" of the type that "current for
the car-motor is taken from working contacts or conductors along the
road bed." 1906: Hugo Gernsback, of the
Electro Importing Company
, advertised radio
receivers for sale for $8.50 in "Scientific American" magazine. 1920: A
New York Times
editorial proclaimed rockets can never fly. 1930:
Sebastian de Ferranti
, an electrical engineer who developed the first 10 kV (4x previous)
transmission system and components, died. 1942: Henry Ford patented a
, which allowed for a 30% decrease in car weight. 1942: The first use of an
to save a pilot was made by German test pilot Mr. Schenk. 2000: Microsoft chairman
stepped aside as CEO and promoted company president Steve Ballmer to the position.
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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.