1872: A fire
extinguisher was patented by Thomas J. Martin. 1874:
the airplane designer who invented ailerons, was born. 1888:
Ascanio Sobrero, who discovered nitroglycerine, died. 1908: The first
major Middle East oil strike was made in Persia (now Iraq). 1939:
co-founder of the Mayo Clinic, died. 1946: A patent was filed in the U.S. for an H-bomb.
Ride, the first American woman to orbit the earth when she flew aboard Space Shuttle
Challenger, was born. 1959: The word "Frisbee" became a registered trademark of Wham-O.
1961: A U.S. Air Force bomber flew across the Atlantic in a record time of just over
three hours. 1969: The "Apollo 10" astronauts returned to Earth after a successful 8-day
dress rehearsal for the first manned moon landing. 1981: Satya Pal Asija received the
first U.S. patent for computer software. 1994: President Clinton announced his administration
would no longer link China's trade status with its human rights record. 2003: English
Gerald Hawkins, who first identified
Stonehenge as an astronomical
observatory, died. 2007: Homer Stewart, an early pioneer of rocket research who helped
develop the first successful U.S. satellite, Explorer I, died.
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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.