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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.
1762: German chemist Jeremias Richter,
who discovered law of equivalent proportions, was born. 1876:
Alexander Graham Bell
made the successful call with the telephone, when he spoke the words "Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you."
Salvation Army began operation in the U.S. 1902:
Alec Harley Reeves, inventor of pulse coded
modulation (PCM), was born. 1948:
Herbert H. Hoover became the first civilian pilot to exceed the speed of sound in the
Bell X-1 research aircraft at
Edwards AFB, CA. 1971: The U.S. Senate approved an amendment to lower the
voting age to 18.
1977: The rings of
Uranus were discovered. 1982: A
syzygy occurred where all 9 planets aligned on same side of Sun. 2000: The
NASDAQ index peaked at its final high
5,132.52, signaling the end of the Dot-Com boom. 2006: NASA's
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
arrived at Mars.