Rensselaer School was founded in Troy, NY, becoming the first
engineering college in the U.S. 1863:
James Packard, of automotive fame, was born. 1879:
Clerk Maxwell, whose equations have tortured countless EE students,
died at age 48. 1895: The first U.S. patent was granted to George
B. Selden for the auto. 1901: Henry Ford received a patent for a
motor carriage. 1906: Astronomer
Fred Whipple, who proposed the "dirty snowball" model for comets,
was born. 1914:
Great Britain, France & Russia declared war on Turkey. 1935:
Edwin Armstrong first demonstrated
FM radio at a meeting of the Institute of Radio Engineers. 1935:
Parker Brothers launched the game of
Monopoly. 1959: The American Football League was formed. 1992:
Jan Hendrik Oort, Dutch physicist and astronomer of Oort Cloud
fame, died. 1992: Chemical evidence of 5,000 year old beer was found
in cave in Iran.
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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.