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
to an audience in Brooklyn, NY. 1914:
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:
Canberra 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.
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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. Images used in the logos are often from open source websites
like Wikipedia, and are specifically credited with a hyperlink back to the source where
possible. Fair Use
laws permit small samples of copyrighted content.