| Jan | Feb |
Mar | Apr | May |
| Jul | Aug |
Sep | Oct | Nov |
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
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.
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:
maser was patented by Arthur Schawlow and Charles Hard Townes, of Bell Telephone Laboratories. 1981: RCA
SelectaVision VideoDisc, exactly 10 years after they applied for the first patents.