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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.
1875: Mark Twain
's "The Adventure of Tom Sawyer"
copyright was registered. 1904: The 4,607-mile Trans-Siberian
was completed after 13 years of work. 1915: U.S. Navy
asked Thomas Edison to organize the keenest, most inventive minds to find a defense against submarines. 1930: The
of the U.S. was established.
1968: Arnold Palmer
became the first golfer
to make a million dollars in career earnings. 1969: Apollo 11 astronauts
Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin
blasted off from the moon after 21-1/2
hours on the surface. 1970: The Aswan Dam
Egypt was completed after 18 years of work. 1977: The first shipment of crude oil arrived at the U.S. DoE's
Strategic Petroleum Reserve
in LA. 1994:
became the youngest Labour leader
since World War II. 1997: The "USS Constitution
which defended the US during the War of 1812, set sail under its own power for first time in 116 years. 1998:
, America's first
man in space and one of only 12 humans who walked on the Moon, died. 2000: An international collaboration of scientists
at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
announced the first
direct evidence for the tau neutrino.