1762: The first
St. Patrick's Day parade was held in New York City. 1834:
German engineer and pioneer automobile manufacturer, was born. 1845: The rubber band
was patented by Stephen Perry of London. 1846:
of Bessel function fame, assumed room temperature. 1853: Austrian physicist
of Doppler effect fame, died. 1905: Albert Einstein published his thesis on the
photoelectric effect, "On a Heuristic Point of View Concerning the
Production and Transformation and of Light." 1950: Scientists at the University of CA
at Berkeley announced a new radioactive element, number 98, which they named "californium"
(Cf). 1958: The
Vanguard 1, the world's oldest satellite still in orbit, was launched by the U.S.
1967: Snoopy and Charlie Brown of "Peanuts" were on the cover of "LIFE" magazine.
1974: The Arab oil embargo was lifted by OPEC, during which time OPEC members
earned more than $100 billion (a nice bit of extra loot for funding terrorism worldwide).
1999: Intel released the Intel®
III Xeon™ Processor. 1999: America Online completed the acquisition of
Communications Corporation. 2007: Fortran creator
John Backus 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.