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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.
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.
1703: Robert Hooke, who developed Hooke's Law for springs,
Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the
telephone, was born. 1851: The U.S. Congress authorized the
- it was the smallest U.S. silver coin, and reduced the rate of a
1st-class stamp from 5¢ to 3¢. 1863: Congress authorized a track width of 4-ft 8-1/2-in as the standard for
Union Pacific Railroad.
American Telephone and Telegraph
(AT&T) was incorporated in New York as a subsidiary of the American Bell Telephone Company. 1901: Congress created
National Bureau of Standards
(NIST as of 1988). 1919: The first U.S. international airmail service began. 1923: The first edition of
Time magazine was published. 1931:
"The Star-Spangled Banner" was designated the national anthem of the U.S. 1966: The
BBC made its first colour broadcast. 1972: The unmanned U.S. space probe Pioneer 10 was launched, and on June
13, 1983, the spacecraft became the first man-made object to leave the solar system. 2005: Steve Fossett completed
the first solo non-stop flight around the world without refueling in the GlobalFlyer.