1832: French archaeologist
Jean-François Champollion, who first deciphered the
Rosetta Stone, unlocking the language of ancient Egypt, died.
Aleksandr Popov, considered in Russia to be the inventor of
radio, was born. 1881:
Richard Tolman, who demonstrated electrons to be charge-carrying
particles in flow of electricity in metals, was born. 1822:
Jules Lissajous, the French mathematician after whom Lissajous
figures are named, was born. 1890: The
Forth Railway Bridge was opened, spanning the Forth river between
Edinburgh and Dundee, Scotland. 1902: The
American Automobile Association (AAA) was founded in Chicago.
William Willett, who invented the concept of
Daylight Saving Time, died. 1917: Republican
Jeanette Rankin of Montana took her seat as the first woman
elected to the House of Representatives. 1930: Ex-President Calvin
Coolidge dedicated the
Coolidge Dam on Gila River in AZ. 1962: The first nuclear power
plant in Antarctica began operating at
McMurdo Sound. 1976:
Walter Schottky, of diode fame, died. 1977: The first Freon-cooled
Cray-1, 133 megaFLOPS supercomputer, was shipped to Los Alamos Laboratories,
NM (<20 years later, Pentium IIs beat that benchmark). 1997:
President Bill Clinton barred spending federal money on
human cloning due to, "troubling prospects." 2006: The final
attempt to communicate with
Pioneer 10 was made.
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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.