1874: American farmer Joseph Glidden was awarded a patent for
barbed wire. 1903: The first patent for an automobile
electric self-starter was issued to Clyde Coleman of NY City.
1916: Prolific inventor
Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim, who developed the
(machine) gun and also was the father of ARRL founder
Maxim, died. 1922: 2012: NiMH Battery Inventor
Stanford Ovshinsky was born. 1963:
Lee Harvey Oswald, the man accused of murdering President Kennedy
the day before, was shot to death in a Dallas police station by
Jack Ruby. 1969:
Apollo 12, the second manned moon mission, returned to Earth.
D.B. Cooper parachuted from a Northwest Airlines 727 with $200,000
and was never captured or found. 1998:
AOL announced its acquisition of Netscape and a strategic partnership
with Sun Microsystems. 2005:
Round-the-clock drinking in pubs in England and Wales became
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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.