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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
birthday. Please do not submit your death date ;-)
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.
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:
William Whewell wrote a letter to Michael
Faraday suggesting the names Anode and Cathode in describing the process of electrolysis. 1861:
Peter Hewitt, inventor of the
mercury vapor lamp, was born. 1917:
Eugene Bullard 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:
Theodore Maiman, who invented the (ruby) laser, died.
2010: ICANN began allowing non-Latin characters for top-level domains.