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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.
Levi Strauss received a patent for making blue jeans with copper rivets. 1895:
Mitchell, designer of the famous Spitfire airplane that beat back the German Luftwaffe in WWII, was born.
Hideo Shima, Japanese designer of the
world's first "bullet train," was born. 1913:
William R. (Bill) Hewlett,
co-founder of Hewlett Packard, was born. 1921: Marie Curie was presented with a gram of radium worth $100k at the
White House. 1927: Charles Lindbergh
took off from New York to cross the Atlantic for Paris aboard his airplane the "Spirit of St. Louis" (a 33-1/2
hour flight). 1932:
Amelia Earhart took off to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, becoming the first woman to achieve the feat.
demonstrated his helicopter to the public. 1956: The first
hydrogen fusion bomb (H-bomb) to
be dropped from an airplane exploded over Namu Atoll at the northwest edge of the Bikini Atoll. 1982:
Merle Tuve who first used pulsed radio
waves to explore the ionosphere, died. 1990: The
Hubble Space Telescope sent
its first photograph from space. 2012: 1915:
Eugene Polley, inventor of the TV remote, died.