1715: The first
lighthouse in America, Boston Lighthouse, was authorized for construction at
Island, MA. 1877: The first telephone and telegraph line in
Hawaii was completed. 1880: The
first commercial hydroelectric power planet began operation in Grand Rapids, MI. 1875:
Isaac Singer, inventor of the continuous-stitch sewing machine, died.
Schottky, of diode fame, was born. 1903:
Ford Motor Company sold
its first Model A automobile. 1906:
"America the Beautiful"
was copyrighted by Katharine Lee Bates. 1916:
Sir William Ramsay, who discovered chemist who discovered the inert
gases - neon, krypton and xenon, and co-discovered argon, radon, calcium and barium,
died. 1962: The "Telstar" communications satellite sent the first live TV broadcast
to Europe. 1968: The PLO hijacked its first Israeli El Al airplane. 1972:
ERTS 1 (Earth
Resources Technology Satellite), later called LANDSAT, was launched to start its multi-spectral scans of Earth.
1981: Harvey Fletcher,
who first demonstrated stereophonic sound, died. 1995:
home of the National Inventors Hall of Fame in Akron, OH, opened to the public.
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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.