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. 1881:
William T. Piper,
producer of the iconic J-3 Cub, was born. 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
was born. 1956: American radio pioneer
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:
John Mauchly, co-inventor of the
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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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. Fair Use
laws permit small samples of copyrighted content.