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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.
Edward Weston, founder of the Weston Electrical Instrument Company, was born. 1865: A patent was issued
to Richard Gatling for his
Gatling gun. 1882: William Ford was issued a patent for his now-familiar
stethoscope. 1893: Thomas Edison exhibited the first public motion picture (kinetoscope) to an audience in
Brooklyn, NY. 1914:
Paul-Louis-Toussaint Héroult, inventor of the electric arc furnace, died. 1926: Americans
Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett became the first men to fly an airplane over the North Pole. 1927:
replaced Melbourne as the capital of Australia. 1931: Nobel physicist
Albert Michelson, who first accurately measured the speed of light, died. 1961: Then FCC chairman Newton
N. Minow condemned television programming as a "vast wasteland" in
a speech to the National Association of Broadcasters. 1962: A
laser beam was successfully bounced off the Moon
for the first time.