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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.
Great Fire of Rome
began, as Emperor Nero reportedly fiddled on the roof. 1635:
Robert Hooke, who developed Hooke's Law for springs, was
Hendrik Lorentz, after whom the Lorentz force in electromagnetism is named, was born. 1941: The Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter made its first flight, only with propeller power. 1955: The
first electrical power generated from a
nuclear station was
sold commercially by the
Utah Power and Light Company.
Henri Farman, the airplane designer who invented ailerons, died. 1963: The first implantation of an
intrathoracic left artificial ventricle in a human being was made. 1968: The
Intel Corporation was incorporated by Noyce and Moore as N M Electronics. 1969: A car driven by
Senator Edward Kennedy plunged off a bridge on
Chappaquiddick Island near Martha's Vineyard,
leaving Mary Jo Kopechne to drown. 1980: India became the 6th nation to place a satellite, the Rohini-1, in orbit. 1997:
Eugene Shoemaker, of Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy
9 fame, died. 1999: The
RFCafe.com domain name was registered.