Day. 1788: Jean-Victor Poncelet, who formulated the Continuity Principle (which
includes the principle of duality and the method of reciprocation), was born. 1860:
who invented vulcanization of rubber, died. 1872: Airplane designer
Louis Blériot, was born. 1901: The
Bureau became effective, later to become the National Institute of Standards and
Technology (NIST). 1909: Thomas Edison began commercial manufacture of his new "A" type
alkaline storage batteries. 1912:
Harriet Quimby, the first female pilot to fly across the English
Channel, died. 1934: The first X-ray photograph of the whole body taken in a one-second
exposure in Rochester, N.Y. 1963: The U.S. postmaster introduced the five-digit
Improvement Post) code. 1971: Nobel laureate
Sir Lawrence Bragg, developer of the Bragg law of x-ray diffraction,
died. 1980: "O Canada" was proclaimed the national anthem of Canada. 1983:
R. Buckminster Fuller, inventor of the
geodesic dome and after whom the Buckeyball (the Buckminster Fullerene) was named, died.
1999: Forrest Mars, inventor of M&M candies and the Milky Way bar, died. 1999: Exactly
6 months before the year 2000, Congress passed legislation to shield businesses from
a potential flood of Y2K computer-related lawsuits. 2001: Nobel Prize winning Russian
Nikolay Basov, who developed the maser, died.
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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.