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 Thomas Nast 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: Edward Teller, "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: William Piper, producer of the infamous J-3 aircraft, died. 1974: "Happy Days" first aired on ABC. 2001: Wikipedia, 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. 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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