de Ulloa, who discovered the element Platinum (Pt), died. 1820: Scottish physicist
Rankine, an early investigator of thermodynamics who developed the
was born. 1892: Andrew Beard was issued a patent for the rotary engine. 1911:
George Stoney, who introduced the term "electron" as the fundamental
unit of electric charge, died. 1944: Harry Crosby took the first rocket airplane (the
MX-324) for its maiden flight at Harper Dry Lake, CA. 1946:
Bikini swimwear, named after the Bikini atoll A-bomb test, was first
displayed in Paris. 1951:
Dr. William Shockley announced that he had invented the junction
transistor. 1966: A Saturn 1-B rocket was launched at Cape Kennedy, FL, to become the first
unmanned Apollo test flight, and made 4 orbits at an altitude of about 113
miles. 1986: Statue of
Liberty reopened after being refurbished. 1991: France performed nuclear warhead
test at Muruora Island. 1996: MSNBC
made its debut on cable TV and the Internet.
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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.