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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
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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.
1824 German physicist Gustav Kirchhoff, who formulated Kirchhoff's Laws of current and voltage in closed circuits, was born. 1831: Auto maker Clement Studebaker, the world's largest producer of horse-drawn vehicles, was born. 1894: Coca-Cola was sold in bottles for the first time. 1914: George Westinghouse, founder of Westinghouse Electric Company and inventor of railway braking systems, died. 1923: Astronaut Wally Schirra, the only man to fly in Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spaceships, was born. 1925: Japanese Nobel laureate Leo Esaki, who pioneered work on electrons tunneling in solids, was born. 1929: G.L. Pierce received a patent for the basketball. 1942: Nobel laureate Sir William Bragg, after whom Bragg's Law of diffraction is named, died. 1951: Dennis the Menace first appeared in the funny pages. 1970: U.S. Senate voted to lower the voting age from 21 to 18 years old. 1998: Astronomers debunked a warning that a mile-wide asteroid might collide with Earth on 10/26/2028, saying the calculations were off by 600,000 miles.