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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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.