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,
Stephanie Kwolek, inventor of
Kevlar, was born. 1937:
Hires of root beer fame died. 1965: The last
appeared on British television. 1964: Space probe
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
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.
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
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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.