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Note: These historical tidbits have been collected from various sources, mostly on the Internet. As detailed in
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.
significant historical events and
dates for inclusion in these lists. I will be glad to include your name and birthday. Please do not submit your death
date ;-) A couple 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.
1812: The U.K.'s first
automated telephone exchange opened
for business at Epsom. 1850:
Oliver Heaviside, developer of the Heaviside step function, was born. 1897:
was incorporated. 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
NATO. 1933: The Tennessee Valley Authority
(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,
Jacqueline Cochran, 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
atomic bomb. 1980:
Mount St. Helens blew
its top. 1991:
Helen Sharman became first Briton in space. 2004:
Arnold Beckman, founder of Beckman
Instruments, died - at 104 years old!