Huygens, discoverer of the wave theory of light and of Saturn's
John Pemberton, the pharmacist who invented
was born. 1838:
Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, of airship fame, was born. 1856:
Charles Barnes patented a crank operated
machine gun. 1862:
Theodore Timby patented the revolving gun turret. 1873:
Anna Nichols became the first woman patent examiner. 1889:
The Wall Street Journal
was first published. 1932: At the low point of
The Great Depression, the
DJIA hit 41.22.
1937: England began its
999 emergency phone system. 1947: The Roswell Daily Record headline
read, "RAAF Captures
Flying Saucer on Ranch in Roswell Region." 1958: The first gold
record album was presented by the
for the soundtrack "Oklahoma!" 1969: The withdrawal of American
troops from Vietnam
began. 1994: Kim Il Sung, North Korea's communist leader since 1948,
died at age 82, and was succeeded by the maniacal little pot-bellied
Kim Jung Il. 1999: Astronaut
Charles "Pete" Conrad Jr., the third man to walk on the moon,
died in a motorcycle accident.
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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.