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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
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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.
1701: Swedish astronomer Anders Celsius, after whom the temperature scale is named, was born. 1871: Italian physicist Giovanni Giorgi, who invented the Giorgi system of measurement that introduced electrical resistance (mksΩ, precursor to the SI), was born. 1873: Auguste-Arthur de La Rive, who pioneered the electrochemical theory of batteries, died. 1894: Japanese industrialist Konosuke Matsushita, founder of Panasonic, was born. 1897: Andrew Beard received a patent for a revolutionary rail car coupling device he called the Jenny Coupler. 1901: Auto maker Clement Studebaker, the world's largest producer of horse-drawn vehicles, died. 1923: The first transatlantic two-way shortwave contact between amateur radio operators occurred between American Fred Schnell and Frenchman Leon Deloy. 1951: The first rocket intercept of an airplane was made with a Nike missile at White Sands, NM. 1963: The first flight of a space vehicle powered by liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen fuel combination (Centaur II) took place. 1990: Britain's Conservatives chose John Major to succeed Margaret Thatcher as party leader, paving the way for his appointment as prime minister. 2007: Herbert Saffir, developer of the hurricane intensity scale.