Benjamin Franklin wrote a letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy in which
he said, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except
death and taxes." 1851: World's first
undersea telegraph cable went into operation, between Dover,
England, and Calais, France. 1927: The first underwater tunnel,
Holland Tunnel, between New York and New Jersey, opened. 1946:
Artificial snow from a natural cloud was produced for the first
time over Mount Greylock, MA. 1971: U.S. spacecraft
Mariner 9 became the first spacecraft to orbit another planet
- Mars. 1979: Robert Jarvik was granted a patent in for an
artificial heart. 1982: The
Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C.
1994: Sweden passed a referendum to join the
European Union. 1999:
Dr. John Stapp, who pioneered research in high acceleration
effects on the human body, died.
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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.