Robert Hooke, 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
piece - 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 the
Pacific Railroad. 1885: The
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
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.
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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
laws permit small samples of copyrighted content.