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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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.