1749: Scottish chemist Daniel
Rutherford, who discovered nitrogen, was born. 1892:
Almon Strowger commissioned
the first automatic telephone in his hometown of LaPorte, IN. 1906: The
––– ••• in Morse Code, chosen for its distinct signature,
not for Save Our Ship) radio distress signal was adopted at the International Radio Telegraphic
Convention in Berlin. 1926: Charles Lindberg was forced to bail out of his DeHavilland DH4 biplane during a night
airmail delivery flight. 1957: Sputnik
II, with the second manmade satellite to be put into orbit and the first animal (a dog named Laika)
put into space, was launched by the Soviet Union. 1971: The first edition of the
UNIX Programmer's Manual,
by Thompson and Ritchie, was published. 1973: The
Mariner 10 spacecraft
was launched and became the first manmade object to reach Mercury. 2004: The first felony prosecution
of spammers resulted in the conviction of
a brother/sister team.
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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.