1863: President Lincoln delivered his
Gettysburg Address as he dedicated a national cemetery at the
site of the Civil War battlefield in PA. 1901: Granville Woods issued
a patent for a
third rail to operate electrified railways (hence the term indicating
a politically charged topic). 1916: India prime minister
Indira Gandhi was born. 1922: Englishman
Stanley Runcorn, discoverer of earth's magnetic core reversals,
was born. 1956: American astronaut
Eileen Collins, the first female Space Shuttle pilot, was born.
1959: Ford Motor Company announced it was halting production of
Apollo 12 astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan Bean made man's
second landing on the moon. 1996: The Clinton administration and
Republican congressional leaders reached a deal to end a six-day
budget standoff and resulting partial
government shutdown (the "Monica thing" occurred during this
shutdown). 1998: Japanese-American
Ted Fujita, who discovered the phenomenon of microbursts, died.
1999: The People's Republic of China launches its first
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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.