1784: Jean Blanchard made his first successful ascent in a balloon he built himself. 1861: The Patent Act of 1861 increased term of a patent grant from 14 to 17 years (now it is 20 years). 1902: Edward Condon, of radar development and Franck-Condon fame, was born. 1904: Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka "Dr. Seuss," was born. 1949: Captain James Gallagher and his 13-man US Air Force crew completed the first around-the-world non-stop flight in 94 hours in a B-50 Superfortress, the "Lucky Lady II." 1969: The Concorde supersonic aircraft made its maiden flight. 1972: U.S. spacecraft Pioneer 10 was launched and became the first man-made object to leave the solar system. 1995: Yahoo! was incorporated. 2002: Operation Anaconda began in Afghanistan.
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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.
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