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:
James 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:
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. 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.