1775: Birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps - Semper Fi, and hoo-rah! 1861: Astronomer Robert Innes, who discovered Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our sun, was born. 1885: The world's first motorcycle, designed by Gottlieb Daimler, made its debut. 1895: American aviation pioneer Jack Northrop was born. 1951: Direct-dial, coast-to-coast telephone service in North America began with a call from Englewood, NJ to Alameda, CA using the newly implemented area codes. 1960: The Yankee Atomic Electric Company's plant at Rowe, MA, became the nation's first commercial nuclear power station to be connected to the grid. 1974: The discovery of the "charmed quark" was announced by MIT and Berkley. 1975: The Edmund Fitzgerald, an ore-hauling ship, and its crew of 29 vanished during a storm in Lake Superior. 1983: The first computer virus was demonstrated by Fred Cohen, a PhD candidate at USC. 1988: The Department of Energy selected Texas as the site for the Superconducting Super Collider, which, tragically, was cancelled in 1993. 1994: William Higinbotham, who invented the first video game, "Tennis for Two," died. 2003: The FCC approved the transfer of home numbers to cell phones.
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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.
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