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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.
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
RF Cafe logos
. Where available, I like to use images from postage stamps from the country where
the person or event occurred.
1457: The Gutenberg Bible became the first printed book. 1868: Robert Millikan of charged oil drop experiment fame and Nobel laureate, was born. 1880: The Grand Rapids Electric Light and Power Co. was organized and became the first commercial hydroelectric power plant to furnish arc lighting service. 1895: The first motion picture to be displayed on a screen was shown by Auguste and Louis Lumière. 1935: A low definition, 180-line television broadcast system began in Berlin, Germany. 1941: The Grand Coulee Dam in Washington began operations. 1946: The first U.S.-built rocket (JPL-Ordnance Wac) to leave the Earth's atmosphere was launched from White Sands, NM, and attained an altitude of 50 miles. 1948: "The Voice of Firestone" became the first commercial program to be carried simultaneously on the radio and television. 1960: The first maser was patented by Arthur Schawlow and Charles Hard Townes, of Bell Telephone Laboratories. 1981: RCA introduced the SelectaVision VideoDisc, exactly 10 years after they applied for the first patents.