Lord Kelvin (William
Thompson), after whom the absolute temperature scale is named, was born. 1898: German
aircraft engineer Willy Messerschmitt was born. 1902:
Lear, designer of the Lear Jet, was born. 1910:
Roy Plunkett, inventor
of Teflon, was born. 1911:
Frederic Williams, co-inventor of the CRT (the "Williams-Kilburn tube"), was born.
1948: The Berlin Airlift began as the U.S., Britain and France started ferrying
supplies to the isolated western sector of Berlin. 1974: A package of Wrigley's chewing
gum with a bar code printed on it passed over a scanner in Troy, OH, becoming the first
product ever logged under the new
computerized recognition system. 1976: The
in Toronto, Canada, was opened as the world's tallest free-standing structure, at a height
of 1815 feet 5 inches. 2000: Rival scientific teams completed the first rough map of
the human genetic code after a ten-year race.
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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.