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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.
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
RF Cafe logos
. Where available, I like to use images from postage stamps from the country where
the person or event occurred.
, of Bessel function fame, was born. 1844: Rev. William Archibald Spooner, inventor of "spoonerisms
was born. 1873:
received a patent for the
manufacture of beer and treatment of yeast. 1918: Lightning killed 504 sheep in Utah's
Wasatch National Park
caught a baseball at Mitchell Field that had been
dropped from an airplane flying at 250 feet. 1930: Aviation pioneer
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:
, who won a Nobel Prize for his discovery of the
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.