Day in History Archive - July 12
Note: These 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.Please submit 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.
1854: George Eastman, of Eastman-Kodak fame, was born. 1861: American educator, scientist, chemist, inventor and botanist, George Washington Carver, was born. 1895: R. Buckminster Fuller, inventor of the geodesic dome and after whom the Buckeyball (the Buckminster Fullerene) was named, was born. 1910: Charles Rolls, co-founder of the Rolls-Royce company, died. 1913: Physics Nobel laureate Willis Lamb, who determined fine structure of the hydrogen spectrum, was born. 1920: The Panama Canal formally opened. 1934: Ole Evinrude, of outboard motor fame, died. 1941: Moscow was bombed by the German Luftwaffe for the first time. 1944: The RAF 616 squadron became the first air force to use jet aircraft in operational service. 1952: Dwight D. Eisenhower resigned from the army to begin his presidential campaign. 1960: The first Etch-A-Sketch went on sale. 1982: The last of the distinctive looking Checker taxicabs rolled off the assembly line in Kalamazoo, MI.