1843: Scottish chemist
inventor of the rubberized raincoat that bears his name, died. 1857:
Frank Julian Sprague, prodigious electrical design engineer, was born.
1909: Louis Blériot made the first successful crossing the English Channel
in his Blériot XI monoplane. 1920: English chemist
who made the image of the DNA helix structure, was born. 1946: The first underwater nuclear
explosion took place with the "Baker" atomic bomb during "Operation
Crossroads" at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific. 1956: The Italian liner
Andrea Doria collided with the Swedish ship Stockholm off the New England
coast, claiming the lives of 51 people. 1959: The
became the first hovercraft to cross the English Channel. 1969:
Sen. Ted Kennedy pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of the crime at
Chappaquiddick, where he left Mary Jo Kopechne to drown in the car he drove off a bridge
while drunk. 1978:
Louise Joy Brown, the first test tube baby, was born in Oldham, England. 1987:
"the father of inertial navigation," died. 1984: Soviet cosmonaut
Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space.
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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.