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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.
significant 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
special RF Cafe logos
. Where available, I like to use images
from postage stamps from the country where the person or event occurred.
1848: James Marshall discovered a gold nugget at
in northern CA, which led to the gold rush of ´49. 1888:
Ernst Heinkel, inventor of the first
jet-powered aircraft, was born. 1916: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that
income tax 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.
microwave oven was patented by Percy Spencer. 1961:
Albert Gilbert, inventor of the
Erector Set, died. 1965: Sir Winston Churchill died in London at age 90. 1978:
Cosmos 954, 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
Macintosh. 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.