Today is Women
Aviators Day. 1837: English inventors
Charles Wheatstone and William Cooke demonstrated the five-needle
telegraph. 1897: Amelia Earhart,
the first woman to fly alone over the Atlantic Ocean, was born. 1938:
NesCafé instant coffee was commercially
introduced in Switzerland by the Nestlé company. 1950: The first successful rocket (a
captured V2) launch from
Cape Canaveral took place.
1954: The sound of a human voice - that of
- was, for the first time ever, transmitted beyond the ionosphere and returned to Earth
after reflecting off the moon (moon bounce). 1969: The
astronauts splashed down safely in the Pacific Ocean. 1974: English Nobel Prize winner
James Chadwick, discoverer of the neutron, died. 1991:
Andrew Lyne of the University
of Manchester announced finding a planet outside of solar system. 2005: Lance Armstrong
won his 7th Tour de France.
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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.