mathematician Pierre-Simon Laplace born. 1775: American revolutionary
declared, "...give me liberty, or give me death!" In 1840: Englishman J.W. Draper took
the first successful photograph of the
Moon. 1857: The world’s first passenger
safety elevator, by Elisha Otis, went into service in a store in
New York City. 1873: Richard Proctor, who first proposed that lunar craters are caused
by meteors rather than volcanic actions, was born. 1903: The Wright brothers obtained
an airplane patent. 1909: British Lt. Shackleton found the magnetic South Pole. 1912:
German rocket pioneer Wernher von Braun was born. 1983: President Ronal Reagan announced
the Strategic Defensive Initiative (SDI, or "Star Wars"). 1989: Electrochemists
Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischman announced that they had created
nuclear ("cold") fusion in a test tube at room temperature. 2001:
The Russian space station,
Mir, burned up in Earth's atmosphere after far out-living its designed lifespan.
2007: Set theory mathematician
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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
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