King Kamehameha Day
(Hawaii). 1644: Evangelista Torricelli described in a letter to Michelangelo Ricci
the invention of a barometer, which he termed the "torricellian tube." 1770: Capt. James
Cook, commander of the British ship Endeavour, discovered the
Great Barrier Reef off Australia by running onto it. 1867:
Charles Fabry, co-discoverer of the ozone layer, was born. 1895: The
first patent for a gasoline-powered automobile was issued to Charles Duryea. 1910: Oceanographer
was born. 1915: Nicholas Constantine Metropolis, designer of the MANIAC computer
used to develop the atom bomb, was born. 1927: Charles Lindberg was presented the first
Reginald Mitchell, designer of the famous Spitfire airplane that beat
back the German Luftwaffe in WWII, died. 1963: The
Mercury space capsule was patented by 7 civilians and assigned to NASA.
1985: The USSR's Vega 1 deposited a lander on surface of Venus. 1987:
Margaret Thatcher became the first British prime minister in 160 years
to win a third consecutive term of office.
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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.