1901: Elisha Gray, who missed being labeled as the inventor of the telephone by mere hours when Alexander Graham Bell beat him to the patent office, died. 1901: American engineer Allen Du Mont, who invented the first commercial cathode ray tube, was born. 1954: The USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, was launched. 1970: The first wide body jet was put into service as the PanAm Boeing 747 made its first flight between from New York's JFK Airport and Heathrow Airport in London. 1976: The supersonic Concorde jet (SST) was put into service by Britain and France. 1979: Neptune became the outermost planet as Pluto's highly elliptical orbit brought it inside Neptune's. 1981: Iranian terrorists released embassy hostages after 444 days captivity.
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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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