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Note: These historical tidbits have been collected from various sources, mostly on the Internet.
As detailed in
, 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.
historical events and dates for inclusion in these lists. I will be glad to include your name and
birthday. Please do not submit your death date ;-)
A couple years ago, I began commemorating the birthdays of notable people and events with
RF Cafe logos
. Where available, I like to use images from postage stamps from the country where
the person or event occurred.
1779: British physician
Peter Roget, best known for his thesaurus
but also the inventor of a log-log slide rule and early investigator of sampling phenomena, was born. 1813: Joseph
Glidden, inventor of
barbed wire, was born. 1854:
Thomas Watson, assistant to
Alexander Graham Bell, was born. 1878:
Antoine-César Becquerel, who was
the first to use electrolysis to recover metals from ores, died. 1888:
Sir Thomas Sopwith, of Camel biplane and
triplane fame, was born. 1908: Dutch ophthalmologist
Herman Snellen, developer of the visual acuity
Snellen Chart seen in all opticians'
offices, died. 1911: The first landing of an aircraft on a ship took place as pilot
Eugene Ely flew onto the deck of the USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco harbor. 1933: American physicist
Ray Dolby, of noise reduction
fame, was born. 1991: Iraq launched
SCUD missiles against Israel. 1994: The U.S. Department of Energy announced production of thin film solar panels giving nearly twice the efficiency of existing panels.