1815: English mathematician
George Boole, of
Boolean algebra fame,
was born. 1885: American astronomer Harlow Shapley, who discovered the sun's position in the Milky Way galaxy,
was born. 1920: Pittsburgh radio station
KDKA made first commercial radio broadcast - presidential election results
(between Warren Harding and James Cox - Harding won). 1936: BBC Television Service inaugurated
the world's first regular, public, high-definition television broadcasting system. 1942: The first controlled
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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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.