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.
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 the unpopular
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
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. 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.