Fulton, whose Clermont was the first truly successful steamboat,
was born. 1863: Leo Baekeland, inventor of
Bakelite, which played a large role as an insulator in early
electronics, was born. 1910: The first airplane flight from a ship
was made by
Eugene Ely from the bow of the scout cruiser Birmingham. 1914:
Black American educator & inventor
Booker T. Washington died. 1922: The
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) began its domestic radio
Edward White, the first U.S. astronaut to walk in space, was
born. 1967: A patent for
Ruby Laser Systems was issued to Theodore Maiman. 1969:
Apollo 12 blasted off on a mission to the moon. 1972: The
Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above the 1,000 level for
the first time, ending the day at 1003.16. 1994: Public trains began
operation in the English Channel Tunnel (Chunnel).
2005: U.S. Navy made the first launch of an
underwater glider from a submarine platform.
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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.