Daguerre, who produced the first permanent photograph, was born. 1790: German astronomer
the mathematician who invented the famous single-sided strip that bears his name, was born.
1835: American physicist
who developed one of the first electrical engineering courses in America (at Cornell), was
born. 1869: The Suez
Canal opened in Egypt, linking the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. 1871: The
National Rifle Association (NRA)
was organized. 1891: Emile Berliner was issued a patent for a
combined telegraph and telephone. 1906:
Soichiro Honda, who founded the Honda Motor Company, was born. 1962: President JFK dedicated
Dulles International Airport in VA. 1967:
Surveyor 6 made a six-second
flight from its landing site on the moon - the first lift-off on lunar surface. 1970: A U.S.
patent was issued to Doug Engelbart for the
computer mouse - an "X-Y Position Indicator for a Display System."
Robert Hofstadter, Nobel Prize for Physics recipient for measuring the sizes of
the neutron and proton in the nuclei of atoms, died. 2008:
Kiyoshi Ito, a mathematician whose innovative models of random motion are
used today in fields as diverse as finance and biology, died.
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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.