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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.
Nicolaus Copernicus, who published
proof of a sun-centered solar system, died. 1544:
William Gilbert, the "father of electrical studies," coiner of the names of electric attraction, electric
force, and magnetic poles, was born. 1844: Samuel Morse transmitted the message, "What hath God wrought?" from
the U.S. Supreme Court room Washington D.C. to the Mount Clare station of the B&O Railroad. 1883: After 14 years
of construction, the
Brooklyn Bridge was opened to traffic. 1938: A U.S. patent was awarded for the coin-controlled parking meter.
1960: The first successful American surveillance satellite,
Midas 2, was launched. 1962: Astronaut Scott Carpenter became the 2nd American to orbit the Earth as he flew aboard Aurora 7. 1964:
Alan Hazeltine, inventor of the "neutrodyne" receiver that eliminated squeaks and howls of early radio receivers, died.