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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.
Friedrich Bessel, of Bessel function fame, was born. 1844: Rev. William Archibald Spooner, inventor of "spoonerisms,"
was born. 1873:
Louis Pasteur received a patent for the
manufacture of beer and treatment of yeast. 1918: Lightning killed 504 sheep in Utah's
Wasatch National Park. 1926:
Babe Ruth caught a baseball at Mitchell Field that had been
dropped from an airplane flying at 250 feet. 1930: Aviation pioneer
Glenn Curtiss died. 1933:
Wiley Post ended his around-the-world flight after
traveling 15,596 miles in 7 days, 18 hours and 45 minutes in his single-engine
Lockheed Vega 5B. 1942: Gasoline rationing using coupons began for WWII conservation. 1956: Air Force Capt.
Frank Everest set a new unofficial world's speed record of Mach 2.87 (1,900 mph) in the
rocket plane. 1976:
Arthur Compton, who won a Nobel Prize for his discovery of the
Compton Effect, where
x-ray wavelengths change when colliding with electron in metal, died. 1979: The first
went on sale. 1989: 11 year old
became the youngest pilot to fly around the world, taking nearly seven weeks and 21,567 miles. 2000: Astronomers
at the University of Arizona announced that they had found
a 17th moon orbiting Jupiter. 2003:
Uday and Qusay Hussein
were killed in a gun battle in Iraq.