Note: These 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.
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historical events and dates for inclusion in these lists. I will be glad to include your name and
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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.
1572: Tycho Brahe first observed the supernova that suddenly appeared in the constellation Cassiopeia. 1851: Alvan Clark was awarded the first U.S. patent for a refractor telescope design. 1911: Radar pioneer and head of the National Security Agency Scientific Advisory Board panel on Electronics Louis Nicot Ridenour, was born. 1918: World War I came to an end when the Allies and Germany signed an armistice - this day became recognized as Veteran's Day in the United States, with celebrations traditionally beginning the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year. 1921: The Tomb of the Unknowns was dedicated at Arlington National Cemetery. 1930: Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd are issued a patent for their Einstein refrigerator. 1938: Typhoid Mary (Mary Mallon), famous for spreading typhoid fever in NY, died. 1966: The U.S. launched Gemini 12 from Cape Kennedy, FL, where after the craft circled the earth 59 times before returning. 1980: Saturnian moon Epimetheus was discovered by the Voyager spacecraft. 1981: The USS Ohio was commissioned as the first Trident Class nuclear submarine. 1993: In Washington, D.C., a bronze statue was dedicated honoring the more than 11,000 women who had served in the Vietnam War. 2004: Terrorist leader Yasser Arafat finally died.
A Pittance of Time
This Veterans Day tribute is by Canadian citizen Terry Kelly. It was written after an experience he had on Veterans Day in 1999. Composed in the finest Celtic tradition.
A Pittance of Time Written by Terry Kelly Published by Jefter Publishing
They fought and some died for their homeland They fought and some died now it’s our land Look at his little child, there’s no fear in her eyes Could he not show respect for other dads who have died? Take two minutes, would you mind? It’s a pittance of time For the boys and the girls who went over In peace may they rest, may we never forget why they died. It’s a pittance of time God forgive me for wanting to strike him Give me strength so as not to be like him My heart pounds in my breast, fingers pressed to my lips My throat wants to bawl out, my tongue barely resists But two minutes I will bide It’s a pittance of time For the boys and the girls who went over In peace may they rest, may we never forget why they died. It’s a pittance of time Read the letters and poems of the heroes at home They have casualties, battles, and fears of their own There’s a price to be paid if you go, if you stay Freedom is fought for and won in numerous ways Take two minutes would you mind? It’s a pittance of time For the boys and the girls all over May we never forget our young become vets At the end of the line it’s a pittance of time It takes courage to fight in your own war It takes courage to fight someone else’s war Our peacekeepers tell of their own living hell They bring hope to foreign lands that the hatemongers can’t kill. Take two minutes, would you mind? It’s a pittance of time For the boys and the girls who go over In peacetime our best still don battle dress And lay their lives on the line. It’s a pittance of time In Peace may they rest, lest we forget why they died. Take a pittance of time
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A Pittance of Time, by Terry Kelly (lyrics above)
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