Post, who made the first round-the-world solo flight (15,596
miles) in his
Lockheed Vega 5B single-engine aircraft, was born. 1902: U.S.
Reed, after whom the Walter Reed Hospital is named, died. 1904:
The first direct current, variable speed, interpole
electric motor was patented by Mathias Pfatischer. 1907: American
Asaph Hall, who discovered and named the two moons of Mars Phobos
and Deimos, died. 1909: Wilbur and Orville Wright formed the
Wright Company, which would become a million-dollar corporation
for the commercial manufacture of airplanes. 1927: The first U.S.
patent for a
snowmobile "vehicle for snow travel" was issued to Carl Eliason.
1944: English astrophysicist
Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington died. 1963:
President J.F. Kennedy was fatally shot in Dallas, TX. 1972:
The U.S. ended a 22-year
travel ban to China. 1988: The
B-2 Spirit stealth bomber was first revealed to the public.
Margaret Thatcher announced her resignation as British Prime
Angela Merkel became the first female Chancellor of Germany.
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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.