1618: Johann Kepler formulated his
Third Law of Planetary
Motion. 1854: U.S. Commodore
Matthew Perry made his second landing in Japan, and within a
month had concluded a treaty with the Japanese. 1862: The Confederate ironclad
CSS Virginia (built upon the USS Merrimack's hull) was launched. 1879: Otto Hahn, co-discoverer of nuclear
fission, was born. 1917:
Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, of airship fame, died. 1946:
Lanchester, automobile and aeronautics pioneer who built the first British petrol
automobile, died. 1965: The United States landed about 3,500 Marines in
South Vietnam - the first of many. 1974: The newly renamed
Charles de Gaulle International Airport began service. 1979: Volcanoes
- the first active in the solar system other than Earth - on
Io were discovered
by Voyager 1. 1983: President Ronald Reagan made his famous "Evil Empire" speech.
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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.