Benjamin Franklin wrote in a letter that he
had invented bifocals. 1848: Otto Lilienthal, who accomplished some of the first controlled glider
flights, was born.1857: Augustin-Louis Cauchy, French mathematician, died. 1908: Nobel physicist
John Bardeen, co-inventor of the transistor along with William Shockley
and Walter Brattain, was born. 1916: Thomas Edison was issued three patents for his "Phonograph or Talking Machine." 1922: "Daylight Saving Time" was the topic in the first debate ever to be
heard on radio in Washington, DC. 1934: Bank robbers
Bonnie Parker and
Clyde Barrow were shot to death in a police ambush. 1949: The
Republic of West Germany
was established. 1949: William Hansen, inventor of the klystron tube, died. 1960:
inventor of the neon light, died. 1968: The first
decimal coins were distributed in Britain in preparation for replacing
the current system of pounds, shillings and pence. 2007: The world's
demographic makeup shifted from mostly rural to mostly urban.
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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.