after whom the unit of magnetic flux is named, died. 1912:
mathematician and code-breaking pioneer at Bletchley Park, was born. 1931: Aviators
Wiley Post and Harold Gatty took off from New York on the first flight
around the world in a single-engine plane. 1938: The
Civil Aeronautics Authority (CAA, later the FAA) was established.
1960: The first solar powered, 2-way radio, coast-to-coast conversation was made by the
U.S. Army Signal Corps, using 20-foot square panels consisting of 7,800 individual solar
cells. 1961: An X-15 airplane became the first to exceed Mach 5, at Edwards AFB, CA.
1982: A record low temperature of -117 ºF was recorded at the South Pole. 1995:
Dr. Jonas Salk, inventor
of the polio vaccine, died. 1998: President Clinton called for U.N. sanctions against
Iraq for WMDs reportedly found. 2008:
Carl Eilers, the "Father of FM and TV Stereo," died.
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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.