1861: The safety elevator was patented as a "Hoisting Apparatus
" by Elisha Otis, of Yonkers, NY. 1870: The Democratic party was first
represented as a donkey in a cartoon by
in Harper's Weekly. 1907:
The three-element vacuum tube (triode
) patent was issued to its inventor, Dr Lee de Forest as a "device for amplifying feeble
electric currents - such, for example, as telephone currents." 1908:
, "father of the H-bomb," was
born. 1943: The Pentagon
, the world's highest capacity office building, was dedicated in Arlington, VA.
1967 :The first Super Bowl
was played as the Green Bay Packers of the NFL defeated the Kansas City Chiefs of
the American Football League, 35-10. 1970:
, designer of
the infamous J-3 aircraft, died. 1974: "Happy Days
" first aired on ABC. 2001:
, the source used for many of the events listed here, first went online.
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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.