Day in History - Archive March 2
Note: These 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.Please submit 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.
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 first 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.