1815: English mathematician
George Boole, of
Boolean algebra fame, died (Boole).
1885: American astronomer
Harlow Shapley, who discovered the sun's position in the Milky
Way galaxy, was born. 1920: Pittsburgh radio station
KDKA was the first to broadcast presidential election results
(between Warren Harding and James Cox - Harding won). 1936: BBC
Television Service inaugurated the world's first regular, public,
television broadcasting system. 1942: The first controlled
nuclear chain reaction was demonstrated at the University of
Chicago. 1947: Howard Hughes flew his huge wooden airplane, the
Spruce Goose, on its only flight, which lasted about a minute.
1982: Barney Clark had the world's first artificial heart transplant.
1988: Robert Morris released what is considered to be the first
successful worm (Morris
Worm) or Internet. 1992: The Airbus A330 first flew. 2000: An
American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts became the first permanent
residents of the
International Space Station.
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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.
significant 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
special RF Cafe logos
. Where available, I like to use images
from postage stamps from the country where the person or event occurred.