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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.
1792: The Old Farmer's Almanac
was first published. 1844:
Karl Benz, a German mechanical engineer who designed built the world's first practical auto powered by an
internal-combustion engine, was born. 1905: The first U.S. advertisement for a complete radio set, the "Telimco
Wireless Telegraph Outfit," appeared in this day's issue of Scientific American. 1920: The first play-by-play
broadcast of a football game (between the University of Texas and Texas A&M) was aired in College Station, TX.
1948: Cable television was invented by Ed Parsons. 1958:
Charles Kettering, co-founder of Delco Products and inventor of the electric starter and spark plugs for cars,
died. 1973: The maximum speed limit in the U.S. was cut to 55 mph as an energy conservation measure during oil
granted a patent for a "diagnostic X-ray systems," known as CAT scans.