1630: German astronomer
who formulated the three major laws of planetary motion, died. 1806: Explorer Zebulon Pike
sighted the mountaintop in Colorado now known as "Pikes Peak." 1887: German
scientist Carl Gassner was issued a patent for the first "galvanic battery," or dry cell, which used zinc as its primary ingredient.
1819: Scottish chemist Daniel Rutherford, who discovered nitrogen, died. 1904: Patent #775,134
was granted to King Gillette for the safety razor. 1965: American engineer
Allen Du Mont, who
invented the first commercial cathode ray tube, died. 1971: Intel announced its first user-programmable
4004, in a edition of Electronic News magazine. 1988: The Soviet Union launched its first
space shuttle, Buran
("Snowstorm"), unmanned, on its first and only orbital flight. 2000: The
Southern Cross broadband cable went into service, connecting Australia,
New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii and the U.S. west coast over a distance of 30,500 km.
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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.