1809: Mary Kies was awarded the first patent (1041X, destroyed
in 1936 fire) to go to a woman, for a technique for weaving straw
with silk and thread. 1834:
wrote a letter to Michael Faraday suggesting
the names Anode and Cathode in describing the process of electrolysis.
, inventor of the mercury vapor lamp, was born.
becomes the first African-American aviator when
he earned his flying certificate with the French Air Service. 1945:
Holland and Denmark were liberated from Nazi control. 1945: The
only WW II deaths of civilians on the mainland of the U.S. resulted
from a Japanese bomb dropped over Gearhart Mountain, Oregon by an
unmanned balloon. 1961:
became the first American in space when he made
a 15 minute suborbital flight aboard the Freedom 7 spacecraft. 2000:
A conjunction of the 5 bright planets - Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter
and Saturn occurred. 2007:
, who invented the (ruby) laser, died.
ICANN began allowing non-Latin characters for top-level domains.
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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.