1848: James Marshall discovered a gold nugget at
in northern CA, which led to the gold rush of ´49. 1888:
, inventor of the first
jet-powered aircraft, was born. 1916: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that
was unconstitutional. 1935:
was first sold in cans, by Krueger Brewing Co. 1948: IBM dedicated its "SSEC," the
Selective Sequence Electronic Calculator
that handled both data and instructions using electronic circuits made with 13,500 vacuum tubes and 21,000 relays.
was patented by Percy Spencer. 1961:
, inventor of the
, died. 1965: Sir Winston Churchill
died in London at age 90. 1978:
, a nuclear-powered Soviet
satellite plunged through Earth's atmosphere and disintegrated scattering radioactive debris over parts of
Canada's Northwest Territory. 1984: Apple Computer released the first model of the
. 1986: The
space probe swept past Uranus, coming within 50,679 miles of the seventh planet of the solar system. 2003: The
Department of Homeland Security
(DHS) was formally activated.
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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.