1814: American firearms manufacturer
Samuel Colt was born.
1843: The first all-metal ocean liner, the S.S. Great Britain, was launched from Bristol,
Charles Mayo, co-founder of the Mayo Clinic, was born. 1912: A meteor with an estimated
mass of 190 kg exploded over the town of
Holbrook, AZ, causing
approximately 16,000 pieces of debris to rain down on the town. 1937:
inventor of the the first successful fountain pen and founder of the
Company, died. 1937: The official search for missing flyers
Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan
ended. 1941: BBC World Service began regular broadcasting throughout Europe of opening
four notes of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, which in Morse Code spell V for "Victory" (dit,
dit, dit, dah.., get it?). 1942: The
Me 262 jet fighter made its first flight under jet engine power. 1957: The first
rocket with nuclear warhead was fired from an F-89 at Yucca Flat, NV (code name
Plumbbob/John). 1961: The first in-flight movie,
By Love Possessed,
was shown on TWA. 1991:
Cal Ripken played his 1,500th consecutive game. 2005:
Death Valley, CA recorded a temperature
of 53.9°C (129°F). 2010: David Ronald de Mey Warren, the Australian scientist who invented
the flight data recorder (or "black box"), 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.