1775: American revolutionary
declared, "...give me liberty, or give me death!"
In 1840: Englishman J.W. Draper took the first successful photograph
. 1857: The world’s first passenger
, by Elisha Otis, went into service in a store
in New York City. 1873:
, 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
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,
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.