Golden Gate Bridge logo
585 BC: The first known prediction of a
solar eclipse was made in Greece by the philosopher Thales.
1738: French physician
Joseph Guillotin, after whom the guillotine is named, was born.
1863: The first Black regiment from the North, the
54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, left Boston to fight
in the Civil War (see the movie "Glory").
1897: Jell-O was introduced. 1912:
Lecoq de Boisbaudran, discoverer of gallium, died. 1920:
Marlan Bourns, founder of Bourns and inventor of the Trimpot
trimming potentiometer, was born. 1937: The
Golden Gate Bridge was opened to the public for vehicle traffic.
1946: The first night game was played at
Yankee Stadium. 1959: One Rhesus and one Squirrel monkey (Abel
and Baker), were launched for a brief suborbital space flight in
the nose cone of
Jupiter Missile AM-18 where they reached 300 miles altitude,
and traveled at speeds over 10k mph. 1971: The U.S.S.R.
3 was launched and later became first craft ever to land on
Mars. 1987: 19-year-old West German pilot
Mathias Rust landed a Cessna 172 in Red Square in Moscow - unimpressed
officials detained him for 15 months.
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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.