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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.
historical events and dates for inclusion in these lists. I will be glad to include your name and
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A couple years ago, I began commemorating the birthdays of notable people and events with
RF Cafe logos
. Where available, I like to use images from postage stamps from the country where
the person or event occurred.
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. 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. Mars 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.