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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.
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
RF Cafe logos
. Where available, I like to use images from postage stamps from the country where
the person or event occurred.
1841: Jules-Louis-Gabriel Violle, who made the first high altitude measurement of the solar constant and after whom the Violle standard of luminous intensity was named, was born. 1904: The first true electron tube, a diode thermionic valve, was patented in Great Britain by John Ambrose Fleming. 1914: The Federal Reserve Bank officially opened. 1915: A patent was issued for the first Coca-Cola bottle with the trademark curved shape. 1927: The USS Saratoga was commissioned as the Navy's second aircraft carrier. 1965: The Russian Venera 3 spacecraft, which became the first to reach the surface of another planet, was launched. 1973: President Nixon authorized construction of Trans-Alaskan Pipeline. 1974: The first signal was broadcast into space from the 1000 foot radio telescope in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. 1977: Close Encounters of the Third Kind opened in theaters. 1984: The space shuttle Discovery, STS-51-A, returned to Earth with the first two satellites ever plucked from space. 2004 NASA's X-43A scramjet set a new record of Mach 9.6.