1783: The first
hot-air balloon was flown for ten minutes by brothers Joseph and
Jacques Montgolfier of Annonay, France. 1896: Henry Ford made a successful pre-dawn test
run of his horseless carriage, called a
quadricycle, through the streets of Detroit. 1901: Guglielmo Marconi received a reissued
patent RE011913) for "Wireless Telegraphy." 1910: Sir
Cockerell, inventor of the hovercraft, was born. 1929: George Eastman demonstrated
his first Technicolor movie. 1931: Hans Knoll and Ernst Ruska demonstrated their work
on the first electron microscope. 1937: The first
shopping cart was introduced by Sylvan Goldman in Oklahoma City, OK.
1940: Synthetic rubber tire unveiled. 1963: 6-year-old Robert Patch received a U.S. patent
for a "Toy Truck." 1982: "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," was released. 1989: Chinese army
Tiananmen Square in Beijing to crush the pro-democracy movement; hundreds
- possibly thousands - of people died. 1998: Americans aboard the shuttle Discovery arrived
at the Russian space station Mir to pick up U.S. astronaut
Andrew Thomas after four months in orbit.
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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.