John Dalton announced the first example of the law of multiple
Percival Lowell, the American astronomer who helped discover
Pluto and believed that there was life on Mars, died. 1923: Goodyear
Tire & Rubber Company announced it had purchased all patents
and rights to manufacture Zeppelin dirigibles (bad decision). 1926:
Jack Ryan, inventor with more than 1,000 patents including the
Barbie Doll and Hot Wheels cars, was born. 1936: The
Oakland Bay Bridge opened. 1942: The naval battle of
Guadalcanal began between Japanese and American forces. 1970:
A 240 km/h cyclone hit East Pakistan (Bangladesh). 1979:
William Friedman, the cryptologist who broke the Japanese "Purple"
code, permitting the reading of many critical Japanese messages
during WWII, died. 1980: The US space probe "Voyager One" came within
77,000 miles of Saturn. 1981: The shuttle Columbia became the first
spacecraft ever launched twice from Earth.
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Note: These historical tidbits have been collected from various sources, mostly on the Internet. As detailed in
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.
significant historical events and
dates for inclusion in these lists. I will be glad to include your name and birthday. Please do not submit your death
date ;-) A couple 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.