Antonio de Ulloa
, who discovered the element Platinum (Pt),
died. 1820: Scottish physicist
, an early investigator of thermodynamics who
, was born. 1892: Andrew Beard was issued a patent
for the rotary engine. 1911:
, who introduced the term "electron" as the fundamental
unit of electric charge, died. 1944: Harry Crosby took the first
rocket airplane (the
) for its maiden flight at Harper Dry Lake, CA.
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
rocket was launched at Cape Kennedy, FL, to become
the first unmanned
test flight, and made 4 orbits at an altitude of about
113 miles. 1986:
reopened after being refurbished. 1991: France performed
nuclear warhead test at Muruora Island. 1996:
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.