1687: Gabriel Fahrenheit, inventor of the mercury thermometer, was born. 1879: Thomas Edison incorporated the Edison Telephone Company of Europe. 1919: Henry John Heinz, founder of the J.H. Heinz Company and originator of the "57 Varieties" slogan, died. 1897: Guglielmo Marconi made the first communication by wireless telegraph. 1948: The state of Israel and its provisional government was established. 1957: Petrol rationing following the Suez crisis ended in the U.K. 1963: The first U.S. patent for a "solar airplane vehicle" was issued to Elmer Johnson. 1963: A laser light beam link carried the first laser TV signal during a network broadcast on CBS. 1973: Skylab 1 was launched into orbit around Earth as the first U.S. manned space station. 1978: William Lear, designer of the Lear Jet, died. 1998: "Seinfeld" aired its final episode after nine years on NBC.
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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.
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