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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.
1627: Irish chemist
Robert Boyle, of Boyle's gas law fame, was
born. 1812: English mathematician
William Shanks, who held the record for
calculating p to the most places (707) until the digital computer was
developed, was born. 1881: Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell and others signed an agreement to organize the
Oriental Telephone Company.
1915: Alexander Graham Bell inaugurated U.S.
Transcontinental Telephone Line. 1921:
Samuel T. Cohen, designer of the neutron bomb, was born. 1945: Grand Rapids, MI, became the first U.S. city to
the drinking water. 1970: The movie M*A*S*H premiered in theaters. 1981: The
52 Americans held hostage by Iran for 444 days arrived in the United States. 2004: The Opportunity rover returned its first pictures from the Martian surface.