, who developed Hooke's Law for springs, died. 1847:
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
from 5¢ to 3¢. 1863: Congress authorized a track
width of 4-ft 8-1/2-in as the standard for the
Union Pacific Railroad
. 1885: The
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
magazine was published. 1931:
"The Star-Spangled Banner"
was designated the national anthem
of the U.S. 1966: The
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.
| Feb | Mar |
Apr | May |
Jun | Jul |
Aug | Sep |
Oct | Nov |
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.