1850: Oliver Heaviside
, developer of the Heaviside step function, was born. 1897:
was incorporated. 1912:
The U.K.'s first
automated telephone exchange
opened for business at Epsom. 1917: The U.S. Congress
passed the Selective Service Act
, calling up soldiers to fight World War I. 1950: The U.S. and
Great Britain greed to the terms of
. 1933: The Tennessee
(TVA) was formed as "a corporation clothed with the power of government but possessed
of the flexibility and initiative of a private enterprise," to perform research on civil engineering
challenges. 1953: The first woman to fly faster than the speed of sound,
, piloted an F-86 Sabrejet over California at an average speed of 652.337 miles-per-hour.
1969: Apollo 10 was launched. 1974: India became the 6th nation to explode an
Mount St. Helens
blew its top. 1991:
became first Briton in space. 2004:
, founder of
Beckman Instruments, died - at 104 years old!
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Aug | Sep |
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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.