1779: British physician
, 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
, was born. 1854:
, assistant to
Alexander Graham Bell, was born. 1878:
, 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
, developer of the visual acuity
seen in all opticians'
offices, died. 1911: The first landing of an aircraft on a ship took place as pilot
flew onto the deck of the USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco harbor. 1933: American physicist
, of noise reduction
fame, was born. 1991: Iraq launched
against Israel. 1994: The U.S. Department of Energy announced production of thin film solar panels
giving nearly twice the efficiency of existing panels.
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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.