1864: Wilhelm Carl Werner Otto Fritz Franz Wien, who formulated the black body radiation displacement law, was born. 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 plastic automobile, which allowed for a 30% decrease in car weight. 1942: The first use of an ejection seat to save a pilot was made by German test pilot Mr. Schenk. 2000: Microsoft chairman Bill Gates 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.
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