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
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
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.