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Note: These historical tidbits have been collected from various sources, mostly on the Internet. As detailed in
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.
significant historical events and
dates for inclusion in these lists. I will be glad to include your name and birthday. Please do not submit your death
date ;-) A couple 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.
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 Jacques Cousteau
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 Distinguished Flying Cross. 1937:
Reginald Mitchell, designer of the famous Spitfire airplane that beat back the German Luftwaffe in WWII, died.
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