Space Exploration Day
. 1865: The
Patent Act of 1865
required that patent fees to be turned over
to the U.S. Treasury. 1937: Radio pioneer
died. 1942: The first unit of the WACs (Women's
) began basic training. 1960: The submerged
USS George Washington
off the coast of Cape Canaveral, FL, executed the first test launch
of a pair of Polaris missile from a submarine at sea. 1969: At 4:18
lunar module landed at the
Sea of Tranquility
, and later astronauts Neil Armstrong and
Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon; they
left an American flag and a plaque inscribed with, "Here men from
the planet Earth first set foot on the Moon--July 1969 A.D.--We
came in peace for all mankind." 1976: NASA's
Lander made the first-ever successful landing on Mars.
, home of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, was dedicated
in Akron, OH. 1999: After 38 years at the bottom of the Atlantic,
Liberty Bell 7
Mercury capsule was recovered.
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Apr | May |
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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.