1616: English mathematician
John Wallis, who introduced the infinity symbol (∞), was born.
1826: German astronomer
Johann Bode, who developed Bode's Law, died. 1837: Nobel Prize
Johannes van der Waals, of molecular electrostatic forces fame,
was born . 1874: A paper by Ferdinand Braun was published in the
Annalen der Physik und Chemie describing his discovery of the
electrical rectifier effect. 1889: The first
jukebox made its debut in San Francisco, at the Palais Royale
Saloon. 1897: A patent was issued for a
pencil sharpener to John Love of Fall River, MA. 1910: Aviation
Octave Chanute died. 1948:The first patent for a lens to provide
zoom effects was issued to F.G. Back as a "varifocal
lens for cameras." 1963:
Lyndon Johnson took over as president of the U.S. following
the assassination of JFK. 1971: The People's Republic of China was
seated in the
UN Security Council.
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Note: These historical tidbits have been collected from various sources, mostly on the Internet. As detailed in
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sources. On RF Cafe,
events with hyperlinks
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. Where available, I like to use images
from postage stamps from the country where the person or event occurred.