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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.
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
after whom the guillotine is named, was born. 1863: The first Black regiment from the North, the
Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, left Boston to fight in the Civil War (see the movie "Glory").
1897: Jell-O was introduced. 1912:
Boisbaudran, discoverer of gallium, died. 1920:
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. 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.