1775: Birthday of the
U.S. Marine Corps - Semper Fi, and hoo-rah! 1861: Astronomer
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
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
quark" was announced by MIT and Berkley. 1975: The
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. Fair Use
laws permit small samples of copyrighted content.