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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.
significant 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
special RF Cafe logos
. Where available, I like to use images
from postage stamps from the country where the person or event occurred.
first U.S. patent was issued to Samuel Hopkins for his process for making potash and pearl ashes. 1792: The
foundation stone of the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia was laid. 1918: Francis Stanley (not his twin brother
Freelan), famous for their
Stanley Steamer automobile, died. 1923:
Stephanie Kwolek, inventor of Kevlar, was born.
Charles Hires of root beer fame died. 1965: The last cigarette commercial appeared on British
television. 1964: Space probe
Ranger 7 transmitted the first close-up images of the moon's surface ever taken by a U.S. spacecraft.
1969: A Moscow police chief reported that thousands of Moscow telephone booths had been made inoperable by thieves
who had stolen phone parts in order to convert their acoustic guitars to electric. 1971: Astronauts rode in a
vehicle on the moon for the first time in a
lunar rover vehicle (LRV). 1998: IBM's Russian
subsidiary agreed to pay $8.5 million in fines for selling powerful computers ultimately destined for a Russian
nuclear weapons laboratory. 2003: Felix Baumgartner
was the first to cross the English Channel by unpowered flight when he jumped from 30,000-ft and glided 22 miles
wearing a birdman suit.