first asphalt pavement
was laid in Newark, N.J. 1909: Georges Legagneux made the first airplane flight in Sweden in his
Voisin biplane. 1914: The first
transcontinental telephone service was inaugurated when two people
held a conversation between New York, NY and San Francisco, CA. 1914:
Baron Marcel Bich, who built his business empire by creating throwaway
Bic pens, razors and lighters, was born. 1920: The first transcontinental airmail flight
relay from New York to San Francisco took place. 1927: The first
iron lung (electric
respirator) was installed at Bellevue hospital in NY for the post war polio epidemic.
1951: Comic strip "Dennis the
Menace," first appeared. 1952: The first transpacific non-stop flight by jet occurred
with a SAC RB-45C. 1958: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was authorized by the U.S. Congress.
1979: Pioneer 11 flew past Saturn and returned pictures revealing the unknown
F ring. 1982: Vladimir Zworykin,
inventor of the iconoscope and known as "the father of television," died.
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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.