1642: Italian astronomer
died. 1783: Connecticut became the first state to pass a
copyright statute. 1825: American inventor Eli Whitney, whose cotton gin revolutionized the textile industry, died. 1889: The
tabulating machine was patented by Dr. Herman Hollerith, who later founded IBM. 1935: A.C.
Hardy received a patent for the first
spectrophotometer. 1942: British theoretical cosmologist
Stephen Hawking, was born. 1956: American
Greenleaf Pickard, who
invented the crystal detector, died. 1964: President Lyndon Johnson declared a "War on Poverty" - now there's a quagmire if
there ever was one. 1980:
co-inventor of the ENIAC computer, died. 1982:
American Telephone & Telegraph settled the Justice Department's antitrust lawsuit against it by
agreeing to divest itself of the 22 Bell System companies (Baby Bells). 1987: The
Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 2,000 for the first time. 1998: al Qaeda terrorist
Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind of the World Trade Center bombing, was sentenced in New York to life in prison.
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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.